Vulnerable Nadal facing fight for claycourt crown

first_imgBy Martyn HermanFor the first time in nearly a decade Rafa Nadal, the undisputed king of clay, will walk into Roland Garros this weekend facing legitimate claims to his French Open crown.When he arrived in Paris a decade ago looking as though he had just bounded straight off a Mallorcan beach it heralded the start of an unprecedented era of dominance.A record nine titles followed as left-hander Nadal buried many an ego under Parisian brick dust.Approaching his 29th birthday though and with major questions about his form and confidence, talk of “end of eras” is not just the usual pre-tournament hyperbole.World number one Novak Djokovic has been supreme throughout this year and is the clear favourite to claim the only grand slam title to elude the Serb.And there are others circling too.Briton Andy Murray, who learnt his craft on Spanish claycourts but had never won a title on the surface before back-to-back successes in Munich and Madrid this year, has thrust himself into contention.Seventeen-times grand slam champion Roger Federer, for whom Nadal has been a recurring claycourt nightmare, will think a second French Open title is achievable, while Japan’s Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer and even home favourite Gael Monfils will have roles to play in what promises to be the most open men’s title chase for years.Defending champion Nadal will be seeded seventh, meaning a possible quarter-final clash with Djokovic, Murray or Federer, so if he is to notch up a 15th grand slam title it would arguably be his greatest achievement to date.The big question on everyone’s lips is can he rediscover his mojo in the nick of time after a string of surprise losses.Twice former champion Jim Courier believes the five-set format should ensure Nadal avoids an unceremoniously early exit, but thinks the Spaniard is vulnerable.“For the first time in many years Nadal will not be the favourite going into Roland Garros,” the American said.“That role is now firmly occupied by Novak Djokovic. Nadal is less vulnerable in Paris, given the best of five set format which allows him more time to problem solve than elsewhere but there are now guys in the locker room who see him as an opportunity rather than an immovable obstacle.”Djokovic, who beat Nadal easily in Monte Carlo this year and has won every Masters 1000 event he has entered, as well as the Australian Open, is oozing confidence.His dominance is reminiscent of 2011 when he won three quarters of a calendar-year grand slam, only missing out at the French Open when an inspired Federer beat him in the semi-final.Dealing with suddenly being the favourite will be key for Djokovic who has twice fallen to Nadal in the final and in an epic semi-final in 2013.“I want to keep it going as long as I can. I don’t want to think fear or everything else can be an obstacle and interrupt this streak,” he said of his 37-match winning run in Masters 1000 and grand slam play this year.last_img read more

Polykarpou continues preparations at FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy

first_imgTalented Cypriot rally driver Panikos Polykarpou is in Austria continuing his training at the FIA Academy. Polykarpou is attending the Young Driver Excellence Academy with positive results and is one of only six winners from around the world who managed to get into the organisation.This workshop – which is in its fourth year in a row – aims for the theoretical and practical training of drivers in the road safety area. Through these courses the drivers will be informed about training methodology, scientific research and the positive impact of road safety education in society.The International Automobile Federation wants to combine the experience of these youngsters with work safety research of the FIA Institute in order to develop them as ambassadors for road safety.Last month, Polykarpou was in Germany, specifically at the Road Safety and Motor sport Training Centre in Sachsenring with big names in the field such as Alexander Wurz and Robert Reid.They were trained to enhance skills and understanding of the influence of a driver in his vehicle both theoretically and practically.All these workshops are intended to lay the foundation on knowledge and skills to use in their careers as racing drivers.Regarding Polykarpou’s racing activities this year, he takes part in the National Speed Championship, where he is challenging for the title, while at the same time working continuously to participate in international rallies abroad and exploiting his position at the World Academy of the FIA.Please visit his Facebook page (Panikos Polykarpou official) where you can find all the news about the career of this young driver and the results of the races he is involved in.Polykarpou was born on January 27, 1991 in Limassol. At 18 years of age he began his involvement with the sport car and immediately he talent and speed stood out.When 19, in his first participation in the Rally Cyprus, he finished in 10th place overall and third among the Cypriot crews class.The following year he was crowned ‘Champion of Speed’ and his star shone in 2012 with his participation in the Rally Cyprus. With a factory CitroenDS3 R3, and the experienced Stelios Elias in the co-driver’s seat, he managed to finish in second place in their class, behind the European champion, and to finish in fifth place in the European championship with only one race. In 2013 he focused on his studies and last year took part in selected WRC races behind the wheel of a CitroenDS3 R3 with Team JagaMotorsports.last_img read more

PSV’s Moreno offers best wishes after breaking Shaw’s leg

first_imgBy Simon JenningsFootball fans in England were wincing over their breakfast on Wednesday as horrific pictures of Luke Shaw’s broken leg were splashed across the nation’s newspapers.The Manchester United left-back suffered a gruesome double fracture in Tuesday night’s Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven after a scything tackle in the penalty box from Hector Moreno that left the young England international in tears, needing oxygen, and out of the game for months.The game was stopped for eight minutes while medical staff attended to Shaw, who was stretchered off with an oxygen mask strapped to his face.“First of all I wanna send my strength to @LukeShaw23. I’ve been through this before and I know how it feels so I hope a fast recovery for you and see u again on the field. All the best,” Moreno, who was heavily criticised by fans and pundits alike on social media, said on Twitter after the game.Moreno broke his leg when playing for Mexico against Louis van Gaal’s Holland at the 2014 World Cup.Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli did not penalise Moreno or award a penalty kick for the tackle, which United manager Van Gaal later described as “awful”.“When I say it is a red card and penalty, you will say I am a bad loser. Every word I say is taken in the wrong way. It was in the 18-yard box and it was very bad tackle with two legs,” Van Gaal said after the game, which United lost 2-1.“It is a double fracture. He will go to Manchester for surgery. It is very bad and sad for him, but also for our team,” the Dutchman added.Shaw had been in top form this season after a difficult first year at Old Trafford following his big-money move from Southampton.He had started all of United’s eight games so far and played for England in their Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland, impressing so much that Van Gaal had commented that “this will be the season of Luke Shaw – that I believe.”last_img read more

Villa relegated as Rashord nets Man United winner

first_imgAston Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time since it began in 1992 when they suffered their 24th loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.It was Villa’s ninth successive league defeat and they never looked like securing the win that would have kept alive their slim hopes of avoiding the drop.United went ahead after 32 minutes when 18-year-old Marcus Rashford found room in the box before picking his spot past Villa keeper Brad Guzan for his seventh goal of the season.England captain Wayne Rooney made his first appearance in the league since mid-February after fully recovering from a knee injury before being replaced by Jesse Lingaard after 67 minutes.Elsewhere, Newcastle United boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation when they beat Swansea City 3-0 at St James’ Park where Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend scored for the home side.Centre back Lascelles put Newcastle ahead with a header at the end of the first half before Sissoko doubled Newcastle’s lead in the 82nd minute when Swansea failed to clear a corner.Townsend added the third with one minute remaining, sliding in Aleksandar Mitrovic’s pass to give Rafa Benitez his first win since becoming Newcastle’s boss five weeks ago.Although they remain in the relegation zone, they are only three points behind 17th-placed Norwich with a game in hand.Swansea dominated much of the play after the break but Ashley Williams and Jefferson Montero missed good scoring chances.Saido Berahino meanwhile missed two second-half penalties for West Bromwich Albion as Watford held on for victory at the Hawthorns.Heurelho Gomes kept the visitors in the game with his penalty saves in the 67th and 87th minutes, the heroics making him the first goalkeeper to save two penalties in two separate Premier League games.Ben Watson’s 27th minute winner came on the volley from Watford’s first corner.The victory provided a welcome boost ahead of Watford’s FA Cup semi-final next week against Crystal Palace, whose manager Alan Pardew was watching in the stands.A disappointing home draw against Southampton piled more pressure on Everton manager Roberto Martinez ahead of a week that will define the club’s season.Everton took the lead against the run of play through Ramiro Funes Mori in the 68th minute before Sadio Mane capitalised on some poor defending to equalise seven minutes later.Everton suffered more bad news when full-back Seamus Coleman suffered a suspected hamstring injury.That will be an extra worry for Martinez ahead of games against derby rivals Liverpool and the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley next Saturday.last_img read more

POMSA completes second week of games

first_imgIn the A grade men’s results, Brown Eagles soared to a 13-2 win over newcomers Saints while defending champions Yokomo thumped Bears 9-0.The match between United Brothers and PNG Power was contested more closely with Brothers shutting down the Power boys 4-3.Defence had an easy win forfeiting Manolos.Gazelle also picked up points having the bye.Down to the B grade division, Defence def. Manolos 13-8, United Brothers def. PNG Power 7-4, Gazelle def. 6-5, Brown Eagles def. Saints 15-7 and Yokomo def. Bears 8-5.The third week of round 1 games will be played this weekend.(File picture)last_img read more

Haye: Wrong time for Bellew

first_imgBellew has repeatedly made fun of Haye spending time with ‘acquaintances and celebrity mates’ throughout his time on America’s east coast, doubting the intensity of his rival’s work ethic.”I could turn up to this fight in the worst condition I’ve ever been in, and still knock him out inside one round,” Haye told Sky Sports News HQ about his March 4 showdown with Bellew, live on Sky Sports Box Office.”But I’m actually happy training. In the past if I had this fight, I might not have done much training for it. But because I’ve come here, I want to train.”I wake up in the morning and feel good, I want to push my lungs, I want to go for a swim, I want to do some sprints, hit the back for an hour. It feels good.”So he’s definitely got me at the wrong time in my career. He probably thinks he’s got me at the right time, at the ripe old age of 36.”But if you look at my career, I don’t have many miles on the clock. I haven’t been beaten up.”Bellew most recently claimed Haye’s former trainer, Adam Booth, would have prevented their upcoming fight from happening.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather, NBA owner?

first_imgThat deal could bring another $100million dollars to his name, more than enough money to make any of his wildest dreams come true – including, perhaps, buying an NBA team. Mayweather met with Los Angeles Lakers great and current president of basketball operations Magic Johnson on Thursday in LA and the two apparently talked about NBA ownership.”It’s about time for me to buy an NBA team, if you’re ready to sell your NBA team, please get in touch with me,” Mayweather wrote on Twitter.According to Forbes, Mayweather is worth $340million, which would make him one of the poorer NBA owners since 20 of the teams are owned by billionaires.If Mayweather is serious about making a bid for an NBA team, he will likely have to team up with another financial partner, as Derek Jeter is doing in working with Jeb Bush and others in a bid to buy the MLB’s Miami Marlins. Just had a great meeting with @MagicJohnson. It’s about time for me to buy an NBA team…— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 4, 2017last_img read more

PNG players making an impact in the S-League

first_imgThere are currently six PNG internationals playing in the Telekom S-League this season spread across three clubs.All six players have played key roles in ensuring that their clubs stay in the hunt for the desired top two spots that will enable them qualification for next year’s Oceania Champions League, and of course the Telekom S-League title.Playmaker David Muta, striker Tommy Semmy, and experienced left-back, Koriak Upaiga, were champions with Marist FC last, year but both Muta and Semmy have moved on to challenges with other clubs this season, while Upaiga remains with the champions.Muta was signed by newcomers Henderson Eels and is now pulling the strings in the mid-field in the club’s maiden season in the S-League, alongside former Hekari United teammates Alick Maemae and Clifton Aumae.Fellow countryman, Raymond Gunemba joined Muta at Eels at the start of round two last weekend and has made an instant impact. “He (Gunemba) is a quality player and we hope he will do a lot of good things for us in our upcoming matches,” said Eels coach, Christopher Asipara.“He is an important element in our team’s campaign to finish in the top two positions at the end of the season and qualify for the Oceania Champions League.“He is fitting in very well with his new team because of his experience playing quality football overseas.The other club who has rejuvenated their hopes of a top two finis is Malaita Kingz, who have been boosted with the return of Michael Foster.Malaita Kingz coach, Rence Talo was full of praise for his returning star man, Foster, saying the team is getting back into structure and is solid for the second round.“The team is now getting back into structure for the second round with the return of Michael Foster to the squad,” said Talo. “His return to the squad has put an interest to play from the other players because he is the sort of player who plays to the final whistle,” he added.Talo said Foster’s return will also be an inspiration for his compatriots Tommy Semmy and Jacob Sabua.“Semmy was not available for the win last weekend but I’m pleased with our attack combination without him. But it is important to get him back in the team in very important matches against the big teams.Another PNG player who has been a standout is experienced left-back Koriak Upaiga who has performed impressively and has started in every game for Marist FC so far this season.last_img read more

Parker depicted as Māori warrior in dramatic new promotional video

first_imgThe advert for the pay-per-view of his title unification bout with Briton Anthony Joshua blends pictures of both fighters with classic New Zealand landscapes and a Maori chief, while using digital imaging to transpose Tā moko to Parker’s face.”Devastating forces shake the earth beneath our feet,” says the narrator in a dramatic monologue.”Frightening. No chance of retreat. Two beasts so ferocious they cannot be caged.”Worlds apart, choose a side. Prepare yourself for forces to collide.”Parker heads to London this weekend from his camp in Las Vegas ahead of his April 1 (NZT) clash with Joshua.last_img read more

Cazorla was told he should be ‘satisfied’ to walk again

first_imgArsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has opened up about the injury problems that almost cost him his career.Stemming from an ankle fissure sustained in Spain’s friendly against Chile in September 2013, the two-time European Championship winner then went under the knife in 2015 to cure a knee issue. However, the ankle problems persisted and numerous operations followed.“If you get to walk again with your son in the garden, be satisfied, doctors said to me,” Cazorla told newspaper Marca.Cazorla’s last appearance for the Gunners came in October 2016. In December of that year, he underwent surgery on the heel in his right foot and what was supposed to be just three weeks of recovery time almost cost him his leg, with eight lots of surgery following.“I was still playing, and they said it was alright. The problem was that the wound would not heal and it kept opening and getting infected,” the 32-year-old said.It is further surgery in Spain that might well have saved his career – and his leg.“The doctor saw I had this horrible infection that had damaged part of my heel bone and eaten away eight centimetres of my Achilles,” he added.After a final, successful, operation at the end of May, Cazorla had a skin graft taken from his forearm – where he has the name of his daughter tattooed – and put over his Achilles in order that the wound heels.He is continuing his rehabilitation at the clinic of Spain physio Juan Carlos Herraez in the small city of Salamanca, two hours west of Madrid.“I do not have clearance until January, but I will come back by then,” said Cazorla, who added that he regularly gets encouragement from several of his Spain teammates.“Almost every day I receive a message from Iniesta, Silva and Villa. Everything that I have gone through has not been as simple an injury as people have believed. Nobody trusted me but I do, I still do, although the pain keeps me cautious.”last_img read more

Shiffrin conquers her demons to seize gold

first_imgAmerican Mikaela Shiffrin had to overcome more than just the best ski racers in the world to win the Olympic giant slalom gold medal on Thursday.She also had to beat herself.Heading into her second run trailing Italy’s Manuela Moelgg, the 22-year-old began hearing the voice of self-doubt that has visited her during the last two seasons, creating anxiety bad enough for her to seek professional help.In the starting gate she silenced the voice, let go of the doubt and crushed the run, beating silver medallist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by a healthy 0.39 seconds.“There were moments where I thought, I don’t know if I’m good enough to do this,” Shiffrin told reporters.“And then there were moments where I thought, who cares? You gotta try. You’re here,” she said with a smile.The key for Shiffrin, whose celebrity has grown steadily since she won the slalom gold in Sochi in 2014 at the age of 18, has been to reconnect with the joy of skiing, which she did in front of a supportive crowd at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.“Today I was trying really hard but I also was feeling the hill, I was feeling the mountain and I was feeling my skis,” she said.“I was really letting it go as much as I could in that second run,” she said.“It’s an incredible feeling to know that my best effort is good enough.”Her best could be enough to win multiple medals in South Korea as she makes her case to be called America’s all-time best Olympic Alpine skier.While Shiffrin may experience bouts of self-doubt, her competitors see only a composed and focused assassin on the course.“She’s the toughest mentally,” said Federica Brignone of Italy, who won bronze in Thursday’s race.“She can do what she does in training on the course. For sure I think she was stressed too today because I’ve seen her skiing better in training but so was I and so were all the girls.“But she’s so in there, she can do it better than us. I think we are more emotional than her.”last_img read more

Manchester City dominate PFA Team of the Year

first_imgPlayers from newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s (PFA) Team of the Year announced on Wednesday, occupying five out of 11 spots.City defenders Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne as well as all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero were named in the side.Tottenham Hotspur had three players on the list, including England striker Harry Kane, who made the team for a third straight year along with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who has 40 goals across all competitions this season and was nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, also made the team.Chelsea had a lone representative in defender Marcos Alonso.PFA Team of the Year: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero.last_img read more

Wimbledon to remain football-free zone

first_imgimbledon officials are refusing to show any football on the All England Club’s big screen, despite football fever gripping the country as the national team bids to reach its first World Cup final since 1966.Gareth Southgate’s England have been roared on by fans up and down the country as they defied expectations to set up a semi-final with Croatia – with the match taking place in Moscow on Wednesday. On the same day the men’s quarter-finals will be held in SW19.But Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis stuck to his view that spectators coming to the grasscourt championships expect to see tennis and said that big-screen policy will remain in place to limit the disruption caused to players.Fans will, however, be able to follow the action in Russia on their phones and tablets using the tournament’s wifi signal.The World Cup final in Moscow is due to kick off on Sunday two hours after the traditional 2pm local time start of the men’s Wimbledon final – meaning the two matches are likely to overlap.“What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men’s final and I’m sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final,” Lewis told reporters on Monday.“It’s not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, and I’m sure everybody will understand if it does.”Last Saturday, fans deserted Centre Court immediately after Rafael Nadal booked his place in the second week of the championships as England were playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.Many spectators opted to leave the grounds and watch the match at neighbouring pubs, leaving Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka to start off their third round match in front of thousands of empty green seats.Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russia on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.“Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships. We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football, enjoy it, without disturbing other people,” said Lewis.“I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored… it was wonderful. We didn’t receive a single complaint from anyone who was here who felt their enjoyment of the tennis was interrupted and I’m sure it’ll be the same next Sunday.“Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon.”Lewis said the tournament had learnt its lesson after showing the 1996 European Championship semi-final between England and Germany, which was decided on penalties, on the big screen.“I gather it wasn’t very successful because it did interrupt people’s enjoyment of the tennis and what we did last Saturday actually did work very well,” added Lewis.Rather than worrying about what kind of disruption the World Cup final might cause to the two Wimbledon finalists, eight-times champion Roger Federer offered a different take on the potential clash.“I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on. They’ll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30,” the Swiss said with a smile.“The football players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon.”last_img read more

Serena suffers career’s worst loss to Konta

first_imgTwenty-three times major champion Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.After a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University.Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a difficult child birth last year were left disappointed as the 36-year-old committed 25 unforced errors to Konta’s nine and managed to put just 41 percent of her first serves into play.“I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and she clearly ran away with it,” the American said after the loss.Williams, who lost the Wimbledon final earlier this month to German Angelique Kerber, had never lost a match before where she did not win at least two games since turning pro in 1995.As poorly as Williams played, the 27-year-old Konta was sharp, firing six aces and smacking 17 winners to Williams’ nine while controlling the tempo of the match.“She obviously wasn’t playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms,” said Konta, who won the tournament two years ago.“I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day,” she said.“I felt I did better than her on the day but it’s still a humbling experience to be out here with her.”With the loss Williams falls to 11-4 since returning to the tour and will look to bounce back when she competes in the Cincinnati Open next month, another hard court tune-up ahead of this year’s U.S. Open.Konta will face American teenager Sofia Kenin in the second round.last_img read more

Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 with sensational Haaland double

first_imgBorussia Dortmund teenager Erling Haaland scored twice in eight minutes to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Paris St Germain in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.The Norwegian 19-year-old, who has already netted eight times in five Bundesliga matches, stabbed in from close range after a quickfire passing move in the 69th minute and then thundered in an unstoppable shot for his second in the 77th, two minutes after Neymar had levelled for the French champions.Haaland has now scored 10 Champions League goals in seven games this season — eight for Salzburg in the group stage.PSG, who were eliminated at this stage of the competition in the previous three seasons, had fit-again Neymar and Kylian Mbappe back in the starting lineup but were almost completely shut out by an extremely efficient Dortmund backline.Neymar, who had been out for weeks with a rib injury, hit the post late on. The return leg is in Paris on March 11.last_img read more

Paul has 20 assists, zero turnovers in Clippers rout of Pelicans

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA Crawford retains junior welter titles, stops Molina View comments MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Through Friday night, Davis had averaged a league-leading 38.1 minutes per game.RIVERS RUN THROUGHRivers took a hard elbow to the jaw from a driving Jones with 4:22 left in the third quarter. Rivers returned late in the quarter, tried to play in the fourth, but had to be helped from the court early in the final quarter. He was taken to the locker room to be evaluated by team physicians, according to the Clippers.3,000 AND COUNTINGSaturday’s game marked announcer Ralph Lawler’s 3,000th regular season Clippers television broadcast. Lawler joins Al McCoy (Phoenix) and George Blaha (Detroit) as the only active NBA play-by-play announcers to call 3,000+ games with one team.TIP-INSPelicans: Guards Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore were not available Saturday night, both dealing with turf toe. Each missed his third consecutive game.Clippers: Blake Griffin sat out his second game of the season after injuring his right knee against Golden State on Wednesday night. “It’s nothing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’ll play Monday.” … Austin Rivers made his first start of the season in Griffin’s place. Guard Raymond Felton missed his second consecutive game because of personal reasons.UP NEXTPelicans: At the 76ers on Sunday night. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports APLOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 20 points and a season-high 20 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 133-105 on Saturday night with their highest offensive output of the season.It was the first 20-20 game of Paul’s career, and he’s the first player since at least 1977-78 — when turnovers were first recorded for individuals — to have 20 points, 20 assists and no turnovers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Clippers: Host the Trail Blazers on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The Clippers shot a season-best 57.4 percent from the field and made a season-high 17 3-pointers on 36 attempts to snap a two-game skid.Jamal Crawford scored 22 points and DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which won for only the third time in eight games after opening the season 14-2. Austin Rivers had 18 points and J.J. Redick had 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Pelicans, playing without resting Anthony Davis, lost their fifth straight. New Orleans gave up its season-high in points and has lost three consecutive road games, falling to 2-9 away from home.Tim Frazier scored 20 points to lead New Orleans. Chuck Diallo added 19 points and Terrence Jones had 18. We are young EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Clippers led 61-55 at halftime, and then broke the game open with an 18-6 run over the opening 4:29 of the third quarter. Rivers hit a pair of 3-pointers and capped the stretch with a lefty layup off the glass, giving the Clippers 79-61 lead.This was the Clippers’ eighth consecutive victory over the Pelicans at Staples Center, a streak dating to 2012.NO A-DThe Pelicans elected to rest Davis, the NBA’s leading scorer with 31.4 points per game. He had averaged 44 minutes over his previous three games.“I think he just needs to take the day off,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ingles’ 3-pointer helps Jazz beat Lakers

first_imgUtah Jazz center Boris Diaw, right, of France, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Thomas Robinson defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES — Joe Ingles probably wasn’t the guy the Los Angeles Lakers figured would take the shot in the closing seconds to beat them.The 29-year-old forward is the definition of journeyman, playing in three different countries — Australia, Spain and Israel — before coming to the United States.ADVERTISEMENT But the ball found its way to Ingles all alone beyond the 3-point line with 21.6 seconds left Tuesday and he calmly swished the shot to lead the Utah Jazz to a 102-100 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak.“Joe (Johnson) set a great screen,” Ingles said. “Obviously the play wasn’t set up for me. I was wide open and got a good look.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIngles is only Utah’s ninth-leading scorer (6.5 points per game), but he leads the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage (.477).Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 31 points and nine rebounds. Ingles finished with 13 points and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers had a last chance to win the game in the final seconds. Coach Luke Walton called a play for D’Angelo Russell to hit Lou Williams off a screen, but Utah coach Quin Snyder surprised the Lakers by putting the 6-foot-10 Ingles on the 6-1 Williams.Ingles had him smothered and Russell forced a 3-point attempt that was an airball.“D’Angelo ended up taking a tough shot,” Walton said. “He’s trying to run the play the coach called. I give him respect for that. That last possession is on me.”Julius Randle had 25 points and 12 rebounds for his team-high ninth double-double for the Lakers, who have lost 13 of their last 15. Williams added 22 points off the bench, including nine in the fourth quarter.“When we defend down the stretch and get stops, that’s when we win,” Snyder said. “It happened that we hit a couple of shots too, but that’s been the pattern with this group.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Jazz: Return home to host Philadelphia on Thursday. The Jazz are on a seven-game winning streak against the Sixers.Lakers: Host the Mavericks in the middle of their five-game home stretch Thursday. The Mavs won the first meeting last month 109-97.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town It was a rough night for the Lakers’ two No. 2 picks. Russell went 2 for 11 from the field and Brandon Ingram was 2 for 5.“We think we have one of the best defenses in the league,” Ingles said. “Defensively we were very good.”TIP-INSJazz: Guard Rodney Hood made his second start since being out one game with the flu and dropping 10 pounds. … Guard George Hill remained out with a sprained left big toe.Lakers: Assistant coach Mark Madsen missed the game after an emergency appendectomy. … When all five starters scored in double figures on Christmas against the Clippers, it marked the first time the Lakers had pulled that off since April 12, 2015. … Forward Larry Nance Jr. (bone bruise left knee) is off crutches and two days into his rehab.THAT’S A SERIESLakers center Timofey Mozgov had a series to remember, or forget, with just over 4 minutes to play in the first quarter. First he went up for an uncontested slam and missed. The rebound went to teammate Jordan Clarkson, who passed back to Mozgov under the basket. He bobbled it for a turnover. Then seemingly eager to make amends, he went down on the other end to grab a rebound off a shot by Utah’s Rudy Gobert, but tipped it in.HAYWARD HOTThe smooth-shooting forward hit on 10-of-17 field goals, going 3 of 6 on 3-point attempts. The 26-year-old Hayward is averaging a career-high 22.0 points.UP NEXT EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Jordan Clarkson on Lakers’ woes: ‘We tend to relax’ View commentslast_img read more

Animals are becoming night owls to avoid humans

first_imgAnimals, Bears, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Mammals, Rainforests, Research, Tigers, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored By analyzing 76 studies and activity patterns of 62 mammal species, including bears, deer, coyotes and tigers, researchers have found that large mammals are 1.36 times more active at night in areas with high human presence compared to areas with low human presence.These results seemed to be consistent across species and continents.Animals seem to be becoming more nocturnal not only to avoid direct threats like hunting, but to avoid even recreational human activities like hiking and mountain biking. Large mammals are spending more time hunting and foraging under the cover of darkness to avoid humans, a new study has found.Researchers compiled data from 76 studies, and analyzed activity patterns of 62 mammal species, including bears, deer, coyotes and tigers, to find that wild animals were 1.36 times more active at night in areas with high human presence compared to their counterparts living in areas with low human presence.Take for example, the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), a day-loving species that inhabits the tropical forests of Southeast Asia: According to a 1993 study, in areas of Sumatran forests where human traffic was high, sun bears shifted 90 percent of their activity to nighttime, while individuals in areas with low human presence scheduled less than 20 percent of their activities at night.In fact, in 83 percent of the case studies the researchers looked at, animals showed some increase in night-time activity in response to human presence, the team reports in the study published in Science.These results seemed to be consistent across species and continents: from red brocket deer (Mazama americana) becoming more nocturnal in the presence of subsistence hunters in Argentina’s Atlantic Forest; to coyotes (Canis latrans) in California, U.S., shifting their activities after dark to avoid hiking humans; sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park foraging more at night to avoid hunters; and tigers (Panthera tigris) around Nepal’s Chitwan National Park becoming less active during the day when human activity peaks.“While we expected to find a trend towards increased wildlife nocturnality around people, we were surprised by the consistency of the results around the world,” lead author Kaitlyn Gaynor, a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement.Sun bear. Image by Ryan Poplin/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).It’s not just direct threats like hunting making the animals more nocturnal, the study found. Even recreational activities like hiking and mountain biking, or activities like collection of forest produce, agriculture, and development of infrastructure such as roads seem to be inducing shifts in the mammals’ activity schedules.“Animals responded strongly to all types of human disturbance, regardless of whether people actually posed a direct threat, suggesting that our presence alone is enough to disrupt their natural patterns of behavior,” Gaynor said.An increasingly nocturnal lifestyle can have some positive effects, the researchers note. For instance, it can allow humans and animals to coexist more peacefully, as has been shown to be the case with tigers and people in Nepal’s Chitwan. But shifts in schedules can also have cascading effects on entire ecological communities that researchers do not yet fully understand. Animals that normally forage during the day in the absence of humans can find it harder to find food at night. Increase in nocturnality among prey species can make them more vulnerable to nocturnal predators, or can even make them seek out human-dominated areas at night to escape nocturnal predators that avoid humans.However, very few studies have studied the individual-, population- or community-level consequences of the increasing widespread night-time activity, the authors write.Knowledge of the animals’ temporal activities can also be crucial for conservation planning, the researchers say.“In areas where threatened species live, managers may consider restricting human activity to certain times of the day, leaving some daylight just for wildlife,” Gaynor wrote in The Conversation. “And it is likely that we need to preserve wilderness areas entirely free of human disturbance to conserve the most vulnerable and sensitive mammal species. Not all animals are willing or able to just switch to a nocturnal lifestyle around people. Those that try to avoid human disturbance entirely may be most vulnerable to the consequences of the expanding human footprint.”A coyote with Los Angeles as backdrop. Image by National Park Service via Wikimedia Commons (public domain).Citation:Gaynor, K. M., Hojnowski, C. E., Carter, N. H., & Brashares, J. S. (2018). The influence of human disturbance on wildlife nocturnality. Science, 360(6394), 1232-1235.center_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

Spotlight on rivalry

first_imgTaal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member With PBA dream in mind, Cahilig pounces on chance with Cignal Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Although FEU has been pegged as one of the title favorites, the Lady Tams are not expected to steal the spotlight from the La Salle-Ateneo duel.The archrivals have battled in the last five championships, with defending champion La Salle snapping a back-to-back feat by Ateneo.“When you’re facing La Salle, you have to have a high level of confidence, and hope you sustain it all match,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses.La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus said the match will depend on which team passes well.“It’s in the system, both setters are good, they have Morado, we have Fajardo. Whoever gets good passes gets the play,” he added.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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sharing league-best 5-1 records, the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers will also go for a victory that will give them momentum going into the second round of a tournament that has defied preseason rankings with several surprising results.La Salle’s only defeat so far this season came at the hands of a University of the Philippines squad that was touted to top the first round.But the Lady Maroons eventually fell to Ateneo, which has leapfrogged at least three schools penciled to finish better than the Lady Eagles at this point of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut save for a loss to a suddenly struggling National U, the Lady Eagles have made a good account of themselves in their first season minus superstar Alyssa Valdez.In the other match at 2 p.m., FEU guns for a third straight win when it tangles with University of Santo Tomas, which is also on a two-game win streak. La Salle lost key players Mika Reyes and Ara Galang to graduation.But the Lady Spikers still have the likes of Kim Dy, Fajardo, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili going up against Jia Morado, Bea de Leon, Jho Maraguinot, Michelle Morente and Kat Tolentino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Fierce rivals Ateneo and La Salle square off Saturday for more than just school pride.The overall lead at the end of the UAAP women’s volleyball elimination first round will be at stake when the Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles clash at Mall of Asia Arena at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

McKay, Jazul catch fire as Phoenix blazes GlobalPort

first_imgThe Scores:PHOENIX 84 – McKay 22, Jazul 21, Baguio 8, Lanete 6, Eriobu 6, Torres 5, Borboran 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 4, Kramer 2, W. Wilson 2, Intal 0, J. Wilson 0.GLOBALPORT 72 – Pringle 25, White 16, Cortez 12, Aban 7, Quinahan 4, Forrester 3, Pessumal 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Ababou 0, Urbiztondo 0.Quarters: 14-28, 27-36, 57-55, 84-72.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Flying V duels Arellano to draw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We had an ugly halftime,” said coach Ariel Vanguardia as Phoenix clawed its way from a 15-point deficit. “I was really pissed on how we played individual basketball. I told them to show some pride and play because they’re just letting GlobalPort do whatever they want. Good thing is players like Chico (Lanete) sparked our run and RJ stepped up big time.”McKay blazed the trail with 22 points and 20 rebounds, while Jazul had 21 markers and four boards to usher Phoenix to its fourth win in nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnVanguardia also drew huge contributions from the likes of Cyrus Baguio (eight points, three assists, and two rebounds), Joseph Eriobu (six points and two rebounds), and Chico Lanete (six points) to aid the team’s comeback in the middle quarters.Stanley Pringle topped GlobalPort (2-6) with 25 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Malcolm White had 16 markers and eight boards in the loss. /atm Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR PBA IMAGESPhoenix had to find itself down early before getting its bearings on the right track late, clipping GlobalPort, 84-72, Friday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jameel McKay and RJ Jazul shook off their poor showing in the Fuel Masters’ last game and served as the catalysts in overturning a 53-43 deficit in the third quarter to a 67-58 lead in the fourth period to stun the Batang Pier in the second half.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Going, going, gone at French Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “Hi guys, I have some news. I will be flying to Roland Garros and taking part in a press conference on site at 2:30pm local time on Friday. Keep everything crossed for me that I will be able to play there,” wrote Kvitova on Twitter.Laura Siegemund— Germany’s Siegemund, the shock winner of the Stuttgart claycourt tournament in April, was stretchered off with suspected knee ligament damage after a nasty fall in her Nuremberg second round match against Barbora Krejcikova on Wednesday. Fed Cup coach Barbara Rittner said Siegemund was likely to pull out of Paris. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ratliffe on guarding Stepheson: I wanted to tire him out Swing Out Sister back to PH this April — The 35-year-old American, the champion in Paris in 2002, 2013 and 2015, won a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open before eventually announcing she was pregnant. She and fiancee, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian will be become parents in September.Maria Sharapova— Sharapova, the Paris champion in 2012 and 2014, missed the 2016 tournament as she served a doping suspension. The Russian star returned to action in April but was refused a wild card by Roland Garros organisers to enter this year’s French Open.Victoria Azarenka— New mum Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one, hasn’t played since last year’s French Open and will miss this year’s edition after giving birth to son Leo in December. She will return to the tour at the Mallorca Open next month and intends to play at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT GOING…Juan Martin del Potro— Del Potro, whose career has been plagued by injuries, is suffering shoulder and back problems which may force him out.The giant Argentine, ranked 30 in the world, hasn’t played at Roland Garros since 2012 when he reached the quarter-finals, instead spending lengthy periods off court battling wrist injuries which pushed him to the brink of retirement.Simona Halep— Halep, the 2014 runner-up, is only “50/50” for Roland Garros having sustained a torn ankle ligament in last week’s Italian Open final.Halep, winner of the Madrid Open the week before, needed treatment after going over on her right ankle before losing 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in Rome.“The MRI scan shows a torn ligament. Doctors say it’s 50/50.”Petra Kvitova— Two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova will decide on Friday whether or not she will play in the French Open as she recovers from a knife attack fighting off a burglar in December. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Roger Federer, of Switzerland, reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the men’s singles final tennis match at the Miami Open, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Florida. APPARIS, France — The French Open gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday with a host of stars sidelined and others fighting races against time to be fit.AFP Sports looks at who’s missing and who’s fighting:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer GONE…Roger FedererFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground— The 2009 champion won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January but the 35-year-old decided to skip the French Open and the entire claycourt season to stay fresh for an assault on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title on July. Federer also missed last year’s Roland Garros due to injury.Serena Williams For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View commentslast_img read more

SMB must prepare hard for slam

first_imgThousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation 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 LATEST STORIES Castro says TNT’s young players will learn a lot from finals loss “Nice that you said that,” Austria said in jest. “[My contract] is expiring at the end of the season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoscenter_img LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LSU title parade draws massive crowds Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit “We have to be ready and we have to prepare hard.”Austria is aware of the challenge they are about to face in seeking the franchise’s second Grand Slam since 1989. He believes that the wheeling and dealing among the teams in the off-season was done with his Beermen in the crosshairs.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’“There are so many teams that built up their rosters,” said Austria, whose squad will parade the stocky Wendell McKines for the final conference starting July 19.A dynasty has certainly been established with the Beermen’s Game 6 series-clinching win over TNT KaTropa. It was San Miguel’s 24th title overall and the Beermen’s fifth in the last eight conferences—all under Austria. MOST READ Coach Leo Austria and Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot celebrate on center court —AUGUST DELA CRUZThe euphoria has certainly died down a bit, and with less than three weeks before the last PBA jewel is put up for grabs, San Miguel Beer will have its work cut out.“It (Grand Slam) is in the minds of so many people,” coach Leo Austria said on Sunday night after the Beermen lined themselves up for a shot at a Triple Crown sweep, just the sixth in the pro league’s 42-year history.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Cole world’ – Striker’s late winner moves St Catherine into second place

first_img But after coming close on a number of set-plays, St Catherine finally broke the deadlock when Cole stabbed home Maleke Miller’s free kick five minutes from time. Walters and Lennario Henry both had great chances to earn Kingston Tech a point, but both failed to beat Raheem Henry in goal from close range. But now that they are in second spot, Patrick says they intend to at least consolidate that position. “We have to take our time work and see what we can get out of it. We reach quarter-final last year and we don’t want to fall short, so we are going to push as hard as we can,” he stated. Meanwhile, the tournament continues this afternoon with games in Group A, B, E, and G. The feature game of the day will see Group E leaders, Kingston College, taking on former winners Excelsior at Stadium East. In other Group E matches, Spanish Town entertain Norman Manley, and Ardenne play Greater Portmore. BROKE DEADLOCK St Catherine High school coach, Anthony Patrick, said a draw would have hurt his team’s chances of making the next round after Jevaughn Cole’s late winner gave them a 1-0 win over Kingston Technical (KT) in their ISSA/FLOW Group D Manning Cup game at Deanery Road field yesterday. The visiting St Catherine bossed possession for the most part and wasted some good opportunities to break the deadlock and had to rely on Cole’s last-gasp winner to claim all three points, which put them five points adrift of leaders St George’s College in second place. “Definitely (a draw would have hurt us). We kept KT in the game too long when we should have killed off the game from the first half. We played around, and anytime we play teams at the bottom of the table, we play like them,” he said. “But we go second in the standings, we lead Vauxhall and KT by a point, and we go to Vauxhall on Monday, so we definitely have to go there and get three points also,” he added. St Catherine controlled the game from the opening whistle and wasted chances through Paul Dante and Joel Simpson, while Joshua Walters had the two best chances for Kingston Tech. However, in the last 10 minutes, St Catherine were relentless, with Dushane Dawkins having his shot cleared off the line, before Assain Brown rattled the bar from the same play.last_img read more

ISSA-FLOW football split? – Wellington denies issues ahead of new season

first_img Sponsorship arranged Vice president of the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), Keith Wellington, insists there is no stand-off between his organisation and sponsors FLOW ahead of the new high-school football season. This comes as news emerged that the telecommunication and entertainment company has decided to end its association with local schoolboy football, after a disagreement with ISSA, the organisers of local high school sporting competitions, including the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup. Based on information reaching The Gleaner, the discord stems from FLOW’s efforts to adjust the structure of the traditional Walker Cup and Ben Francis knockout tournaments, as well as the FLOW Super Cup, which started under their sponsorship in 2013. FLOW has reportedly been pushing for only group winners to contest the FLOW Super Cup tournament, while proposing that second-placed teams compete in the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup competitions. However, according to our sources, ISSA and a number of schools have strongly rejected this move. This has reportedly not gone down well with FLOW, and insiders have stated that FLOW will not return as sponsors of the competitions next season, despite several statements from head of marketing, Carlo Redwood at the back end of last season, that they will be looking to renew their contract and continue as title sponsors. Wellington, while not confirming that FLOW will return as title sponsors, insisted there is no issue between both bodies, noting that the organisers are looking forward to an even better competition this season. “All I can tell you is that schoolboy football will be played this season and we have our sponsorship arrangement in place. Is there anything causing unease or tension or uncertainty? No,” Wellington told The Gleaner yesterday. “It is believed that another company has already stepped in and will shortly be announced as the new sponsors of local high school football. “I am not be able to answer your question, but schoolboy football will be played and we have our sponsorship arrangement in place and we have no issue with FLOW,” he reiterated, when asked specifically about FLOW’s involvement in the coming season. The ISSA VP was also tight-lipped about any possible changes to the competitions this year. “In terms of anything new, that information we would not want to share at this time. Anything outside of that, you would have to wait on that additional information,” said Wellington. “But there is no unease as it relates to the competitions. The competitions will be played and will be as good or even better than it has been in the past years, so we have no issue with FLOW and FLOW has no issue with us,” Wellington stated. When contacted, FLOW’s Public Relations Officer Danielle Savory, said: “We are not able to provide a comment at this time.” livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

PSG thrash Monaco 4-0 for French Super Cup

first_imgSHENZHEN, China (AP): Paris Saint-Germain won the curtain-raiser to the French season by ominously crushing Monaco 4-0 for the French Super Cup yesterday. New coach Thomas Tuchel earned his first silverware with PSG and gave Neymar a 15-minute cameo, the Brazilians’ first appearance for the club since February when he broke a foot. Neymar was introduced with PSG already 3-0 up in the match between the last two league champions. Angel Di Maria scored a pair, starting with the opener from a free kick. Christopher Nkunku doubled the lead before halftime. Timothy Weah made it 3-0, and Di Maria finished off Monaco in injury time for PSG’s eighth Super Cup triumph. PSG begin their league title defence next Sunday at home to Caen. Monaco travel to Nantes next Saturday.last_img read more

Caymanas Park | Racing Results (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)

first_imgCaymanas Park | Racing Results (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)Race 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $900,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #2 ROJORN DI PILOT OWalker 55.0 $159.00 $71.002. #7 ENEDINA DaneNelson 53.0 9/2 Head $82.00*3. #4 TOONA CILIATA DCardenas 55.0 3-1/4L $66.004. #1 MATRIARCH RRoman4 48.0 6Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.0Winner : 2yo b colt – LIQUIDITY out of I’M MAGIC by ALISIOSTrainer : WAYNE A DACOSTA Owner : ROAMBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quin : (2,7) $1,028.00 Ex : (2-7) $2,771.00Tri : (2-7-4) $567.00(SVREL) EXERCISE RIDERS’ RACERace 2 800 M (S) (Purse $600,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $130,0 SINCE AUG. 12*1. #11 SONG ON TRACK ARadcliffe 55.0 $102.00 $62.002. #2 TIMEFORACAT SMcIntosh 52.0 1-1/2L $76.003. #9 KING NEBARUE RIngram 56.0 1-3/4L $90.004. #7 BEAST MPorter 58.0 1-1/4LFinal Time : 0:48.2 Splits : 23.0Winner : 6yo ch mare – TRACKING out of SONG BOOK by LAW OF THE SEATrainer :KEISHA D LAWRENCE Owner : ROSSANA A BROWNBred by MCKENZIE, KARONIAQuin : (2,11) $307.00 Ex : (11-2) $471.00D/E : (2-11) $769.00Tri : (11-2-9) $510.00Superfecta : (11-2-9-7) $2,104.00 Hi-5 : (11-2-9-7-3) $4,774.00JOSEPH ARMOND MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 3 1820 M (Purse $900,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST. ALL. II1. #4 NUCLEAR LAVA DaneNelson 53.0 $225.00 $106.002. #6 DEZZY THE GENIUS OEdwards 52.5 1-1/4L $116.00*3. #3 DYNA’S PRIDE SEllis 54.0 1-1/2L $60.004. #5 ISOTOPE CMamdeen3 48.5 1-1/2LFinal Time : 2:00.1 Splits : 27.0, 52.3, 1:17.3, 1:45.1Winner : 3yo ch filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE out of MOLTEN LAVA by BRAVE BULLTrainer : EVERAL C FRANCIS Owner : COOKIE AND SONSBred by HEATH, FELIXQuin : (4,6) $1,701.00 Ex : (4-6) $2,364.00D/E : (11-4) $855.00Tri : (4-6-3) $1,608.00Rolling Triple : (2-11-4) $2,408.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.I)1. #7 AHUAGAIN RLewis4 54.0 $661.00 $101.002. #5 OKAHUMPKA STownsend4 56.0 3-1/2L $89.003. #3 DALLAS AntThomas 54.0 6L $72.00*4. #4 INSTAGRAM CMamdeen3 54.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:23.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:15.1Winner : 4yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of ERIKA’S DESTINY by ONE NICE CATTrainer : DENNIS O THWAITES Owner : NIGEL O DUNNBred by HOPETON DRECKETTEQuin : (5,7) $1,360.00 Ex : (7-5) $2,558.00D/E : (4-7) $3,418.00Tri : (7-5-3) $2,612.00Superfecta : (7-5-3-4) $3,219.00Rolling Triple : (11-4-7) $30,022.00Race 5 1300 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.II)*1. #3 COLT OF ARMS SEllis 55.0 $149.00 $64.002. #7 CLASSY VISHALA RichReid 50.0 3/4L $80.003. #4 TWILIGHT ERUPTION TFoster3 51.0 2-1/2L $85.004. #6 TWILIGHT STORM BebHarvey 54.5 4-1/2LFinal Time : 1:24.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.3, 1:16.2Winner : 4yo b colt – WEEKEND CRUISE out of HONKEYTONKVILLE by REPARATIONSTrainer : SHAUN J WILLIAMS Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQuin : (3,7) $950.00 Ex : (3-7) $2,010.00D/E : (7-3) $2,885.00Tri : (3-7-4) $1,270.00Superfecta : (3-7-4-6) $2,923.00Rolling Triple : (4-7-3) $28,446.00Race 6 1820 M (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #6 RISING BOP RogHewitt4 49.0 $155.00 $87.002. #9 BLOOD SONG HPottinger 52.0 3L $97.003. #1 MIRABILIS DCardenas 54.0 Neck $87.004. #3 MISS JUDY JInnis 50.0 1/2L5. #7 WILLODEEN TFoster3 50.0 3/4L6. #5 AGNES T AntThomas 52.0 1/2LFinal Time : 2:01.2 Splits : 26.2, 52.2, 1:18.4, 1:46.1Winner : 4yo rn gelding – RISING MOON out of LADY MACBETH by BOPTrainer : STANLEY U FINDLAY Owner : JULIAN M HARPERBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQuin : (6,9) $1,035.00 Ex : (6-9) $1,535.00D/E : (3-6) $478.00Tri : (6-9-1) $3,782.00Superfecta : (6-9-1-3) $8,297.00 Hi-5 : (6-9-1-3-7) $32,601.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-6) $21,593.00Super-6 : (2-11-4-7-3-6-) $53,099.00 (6/6)Race 7 1820 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. #1 HOVER CRAFT CMamdeen3 48.5 $283.00 $137.002. #5 SARATOGA SIGHT AChatrie 51.5 2-1/4L $374.003. #4 UNCLE FRANK TFoster3 50.5 2-1/4L $439.00*4. #6 FAYROUZ DaneNelson 53.5 4LFinal Time : 1:56.3 Splits : 26.3, 51.0, 1:15.3, 1:42.1Winner : 8yo b gelding – HE’STHEREALTHING out of ROYAL PIZZAZ by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : WAYNE A DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQuin : (1,5) $2,344.00 Ex : (1-5) $3,707.00D/E : (6-1) $957.00Tri : (1-5-4) $5,378.00Rolling Triple : (3-6-1) $3,160.00Pick-4 : (7-3-6-1) $36,608.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus : $4,848,915.96Pick-5 : (4-7-3-6-1) $125,000.00 (5/5) Single Winner Bonus : $511,109.95Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $900,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($1M-$850,0)/NB3YO&UP(NW4)1. #9 GO GO GIRL JPatterson 51.0 $2113.00 $329.002. #10 TWILIGHT DREAMS CMamdeen3 51.0 Nose $139.003. #6 ARMAGEDDON DaneNelson 54.0 4-1/2L $66.004. #7 RAMBUNCTIOUS LINKS AntThomas 54.0 1/2L5. #1 POLLY B HLewis 54.0 2LLate scratch : #2 PLEASANT SECRETFinal Time : 0:58.3 Splits : 22.3, 44.4, ,Winner : 3yo dk b/br filly – COURAGEOUS CAT out of GRAND ATTRACTION by GRAND SLAMTrainer : RYAN O DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by CHERYL PRUDHOMME & MICHAEL GALLIVANQuin : (9,10) $6,634.00 Ex : (9-10) $34,690.00D/E : (1-9) $20,798.00 (1-2) $229.00Tri : (9-10-6) $20,255.00Superfecta carry-over : $71,409.00 Hi-5 carry-over : $37,683.75Rolling Triple : (6-1-9) $87,468.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3) & 6YO&UP(NW4)*1. #11 MUSKETOON DaneNelson 53.0 $86.00 $64.002. #3 SUPREME AUTHORITY OSimpson 52.0 7L $107.003. #4 CONCUR RHalledeen 54.0 2L $153.004. #9 PHOTOGENIC CMamdeen3 50.0 1-1/4L5. #10 RED DREAD KMcGregor4 49.0 1-1/4LDNF #1 COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 6/1Final Time : 1:23.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.3, 1:15.1Winner : 4yo dk b/br gelding – STORM CRAFT out of DANCING MIA by CHIEF SEATTLETrainer : ANTHONY C NUNES Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Quin : (3,11) $446.00 Ex : (11-3) $523.00D/E : (9-11) $7,386.00Tri : (11-3-4) $858.00Superfecta : (11-3-4-9) $2,736.00 Hi-5 : (11-3-4-9-10) $11,776.00Rolling Triple : (1-9-11) $38,308.00Placepot 8 : carry-over : $350,262.75 Single Winner Bonus : $1,701,525.15Race 10 1200 M (Purse $870,000) NB3YO MDN.COND.-NOT FINISHED 2nd-4th IN NON-REST.MDN.1. #8 NUCLEAR THUNDER JPatterson 52.0 $529.00 $216.002. #15 QUORA ConEllis 50.0 Sh.Head $584.003. #5 RUN AWAY LAVA SFletcher4 49.0 6-1/2L $194.004. #14 DYNAMAX CAT AntThomas 50.0 3/4L5. #3 PERFECT UNION AJAllen4 50.0 2-1/2LNote: Horse #12 Secret Law was 2nd pass the post but was disqualified and placed 14th.Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.0Winner : 3yo ch colt – NUCLEAR WAYNE out of ROYAL BEAUTY by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : PHILLIP H ELLIOTT Owner : B. A.Bred by DION JACKSONQuin : (8,15) $15,256.00 Ex : (8-15) $24,914.00D/E : (11-8) $586.00Tri : (8-15-5) $34,935.00Superfecta carry-over : $88,026.25 Hi-5 carry-over : $69,832.10Rolling Triple : (9-11-8) $151,723.00Pick-4 : (1-9-11-8) $275,618.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus : $4,986,725.21Super-6 : (3-6-1-9-11-8) $935,184.00 (6/6)Pick-9 : carry-over : $329,503.20 Single Winner Bonus : $164,502.78last_img read more

“Uncensored” to storm NCC this weekend

first_imgIn a matter of hours, the National Cultural Centre will be in an uproar as the 10th edition of “Uncensored” is set to invade the entertainment centre. The comedy show will be held on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30.Known for its class acts, “Uncensored” provides comedians with a stage that has removed certain limitations, allowing them the liberty of expressing themselves and making the kind of jokes they would not otherwise be allowed to make anywhere else. Thus, the show caters to adults only.Both nights will be completely different shows, with the first night seeing a line-up of comedians competing for the coveted title of “Uncensored King or Queen”. Who will dethrone Odessa Primus? Or will she keep her crown? That is the question on everyone’s minds. The second night will see the comedians in a clash which promises to be a roasting session. Most people are anticipating the clash between Kirwyn Mars and newcomer Kunchi Reynolds, also known as “Miss Pepper”.The show will feature other comedians such as Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones; Michael Ignatius; Mark Luke Edwards; Kirt “Chubby” Williams; Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson; Jermaine Grimmond; Mark Kazim, also called “Chiney Man”; Paul Burnette; Marlon Jacobs; Randolph Critchlow; “Granny Ivelaw” Campbell; and Annie.Tickets cost $1000, $2000 and $3000 and are available at the National Cultural Centre, Gizmos and Gadgets, Giftland Mall, Elegance Jewellery, Payless Variety and Kirwyn Mars. The show is billed to start at precisely 20:00h. Dress code is in effect.However, after the show, all roads will lead to the 704 Night Club for Team MMR’s CSI party. It will be a night of frolic and fun.last_img read more

What’s going on…

first_img…in the economyand here it was your Eyewitness thought the Government – at least the President and his Cabinet would’ve sat down and had their own first-year review of steering the shop of state. Prezzie didn’t back down from his assertion things “na regulah” because the six sisters of the traditional economy – sugar, rice, bauxite, gold, diamond and timber – were all “anaemic”.But here came his Finance Minister Jordan, contradicting his boss and claiming the conceded downturn in the economy was really due to the sterling efforts of our lawmen in nipping nefarious criminal efforts in the bud! All the money usually garnered from crimes and pumped into the economy by free-spending criminals had all dried up because of the new, invigorated efforts of our men in blue!Really? So does the Finance Minister have a base line on which he makes his assertion? Take cocaine smuggling. After all, the number of armed robberies doesn’t seem to’ve decreased significantly when compared to those of the last years. How does the Honourable Minister know that in fact even more drugs aren’t being transhipped through our borders?Did Dataram, who willingly gave some details of what’s going down in the drug trade, say CANU officers aren’t returning as high a percentage of seized drugs back into the streets? Do we have some numbers from the new DEA office that’s been set up here? Or is it they’ve had a “chilling effect” on the drug trade? We expect loose talk with no cause and effect linkages from the Minister of Public Security – with his wild speculations on reducing crime by closing bars at 2pm – but a Minister of Finance? Jeez!!Economics aspires to be “Queen of the Social Sciences” and Finance plugs in more of those equations than any sub-field of economics. We expect a little more rigorous analysis, nuh? But moving on to answer the second question – “whatcha gonna do ’bout it?”, the Minister again flattered to deceive. He did start out on the right foot by asserting there “will have” to be some “stimulus” to prime pump the economy.But he didn’t elaborate. Instead he went on to suggest more “value added” industries were necessary. And interestingly enough, picked gold. We should take our raw gold and make “coins”. Coins? Does the Minister really believe our coins – which would have to be legal tender – will be worth a premium when we dilute their content?And making them into jewellery? Didn’t he hear SARU just defined all jewellery as “money” and can seize anything more than US$10,000 worth?That’s just 8 ozs of gold bling! Half of our Jubilee visitors might end up in jail?…with Public ServantsPrezzie just delivered some tough love to Public Servants. Stop dawdling on the job, he said, and maybe they’ll get a raise. Maybe. And in this he’s going to get a helluva lot of support from the man in the street. In Guyana, politicians pander too much just to get votes. When the PPP came into office in 1992, the IMF had already issued a directive to the PNC Government to radically reduce the Public Service. (Just as they recently ordered the Barbados Government.)President Hoyte duly started pruning and called it “retrenchment”. In came the PPP in 1992 and put a halt to the downsizing! They wanted to ingratiate themselves with the Public Servants. True story – just check the figures! Point is, when they DID want to improve “efficiency”, it was too late. Napping on the job was once again taken as an entitlement.President Granger’s wise to demand increased productivity for increased pay!…in sugarWhat happened? One day after the announcement that Tony Vieira was appointed “Director of Field Operations”, GuySuCo announced there’s “no such position” in the corporation.So what is Vieira? Head rat catcher? They certainly need one since those critters are wreaking havoc in the cane fields.last_img read more

New thinking for development

first_imgAs the failure of the neo-Liberal economic paradigm collapsed around the ears of its sponsors up North, the economic profession as a whole has been trying to think outside the collapsed box. We return to this People’s National Congress-led coalition insisting on the in-the-box populist clichéd insistence on governmental giveaways. Their economic spokespersons have made no critique of the macro-economic fundamentals that undergird the budgets even as economic growth plummets. By avoiding comment on the present model, they unavoidably end up with intractable contradictions – such as cutting taxes while simultaneously increasing spending and are surprised our reserves and the real economy shrinks.For instance, they might at least consider a programme of development based on some premises of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), which is receiving serious attention abroad. MMTers assert that government budgets should not be subject to any sort of arbitrary balancing constraint. Instead, the MMTers advocate that the government budget balance should be conceived of strictly from the point-of-view of real economic variables. Thus, if there is unemployment – as has been exacerbated in Guyana after the Guyana Sugar Corporation firings – there should be excess spending making the budget unbalanced. If, on the other hand, there is high inflation due to output capacity being outpaced by demand, the budget should be moved closer to balance or even, in certain cases, into surplus. A leading light of MMT referred to this approach as ‘functional finance’.The reason that MMTers feel confident in making this case is because they hold that a Government that issues its own currency and allows their exchange rate to float is not subject to any budgetary constraints. They can essentially issue new money – together with Government bonds, if they so wish – until they begin to see inflation. Inflation, then, is the only real constraint to a Government that issues its own currency and maintains a floating exchange rate.However, if a developing country tries to spend up to the point of full employment while maintaining a floating exchange rate, as stated above, they are likely to experience, devaluation and inflation as the weakened currency chases more and more imported goods that the country’s own domestic industry cannot produce. As incomes rise through Government spending programmes (and potential rises in real wages) people will be more inclined to seek out goods and services that were previously thought of as only available to a small stratum of the population. Devaluation and inflation are then almost inevitable. Luckily for us, with the expected huge inflows of oil funds after 2020, denominated in US dollars these are no longer threats.We can actually use Government fiscal policy to guide domestic investment decisions and ensure that the some of the goods and services people desire as their incomes rise are produced at home rather than abroad. Then we need be less concerned with currency devaluation and inflation as these goods and services will be denominated in the domestic currency. And we can kill two birds with one stone – by also exporting.Let’s say people are buying more top-end furniture. We have an abundance of high quality woods in Guyana – but our manufacturing capabilities are substandard. The Government can establish public-private partnerships to fund one or more industrial furniture manufacturing centres to international standards. Kilns, designing and marketing expertise can be shared. Jobs are created; more money is spent domestically and the export market can be opened up.This governmental intervention (dirigisme) is a workable method of economic governance. It allows markets to continue to function but at the same time channels investment into needed channels quickly and effectively. It does all this without the need for complex bureaucracies. All that is needed is good researchers and planners and a government willing to incentivise investment that serves the public purpose. Coupled with the functional finance approach as laid out by the MMTers, the possibilities for fostering growth are endless.But in Guyana, sadly, the Government seems only concerned entrepreneurs will be making money; not that there will be a virtuous circle created.last_img read more

Young people and challenges

first_imgIt’s a fact that youth today make up the larger part of the population of almost every country in the world. This presents certain challenges for policymakers to develop, implement and maintain programmes and activities which must be economically and socially oriented to satisfy their (youth’s) desires.It is also well known that the absence of well-thought-out programmes with respect to youth development impacts negatively on our young people, and sometimes even lead to them resigning themselves to lawlessness and other anti-social behaviours that are damaging to society.Caricom Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque earlier this year said that the majority of victims, as well as perpetrators of crimes reported by the Police, are young males 18 to 35 years old. He pointed to the fact that there are a number of socio-economic determinants of crime, the least of which is the high youth unemployment in the Region — 25 per cent. That is three times the average and is the highest. This is surely a reason to be concerned, as right away, one would begin to worry about the kind of future these persons would have, and the contribution they would make to their societies if any at all. Certainly, this is enough reason to cause governments and policymakers to take a closer look at what is happening in their individual countries, and take steps to remedy the situation.Certainly, there is a great need for intervention in order to combat the current challenges facing young people. In order to prepare young people for workplace success, job training programmes need to go beyond technical instruction and teach “life skills,” such as communication, reliability, and teamwork. This push for teaching youth life skills has been validated by employers who have consistently reported that, above all, they want to hire employees who possess workplace-ready skills such as communication, teamwork, motivation and responsibility. Technical skills, they say, can be learned on the job.In addition to teaching youth the life skills employers look for, there is a need to introduce complementary life planning activities in this component. These activities help youth in assessing who they are, their aspirations for the future, and define realistic steps toward achieving these goals.Guyana has a number of programmes geared towards equipping young people with various skills for the world of work etc. This is commendable but more focus needs to be placed on combining teaching life skills with the various academic or technical subjects. Meaning, these programmes should include assessment and identification of ways to build competency and skills supportive of healthy behaviours, to help young people as they mature into adulthood.Additionally, institutions such as the family and religious bodies need to take up their roles more seriously, as happened before. Historically, the older generation had managed to transmit their beliefs, values, traditions, customs and institutions to the younger members of their societies. This was achieved largely because of the impact of agencies of socialisation, such as the family, religion and the schools. Today, the impact of these institutions has been challenged and undermined by new forces, particularly television and the internet, and the pop culture as a whole.Further, the role of the private sector should never be underestimated. There is a need for funding for many crucial programmes aimed at creating better opportunities for young persons here. Such programmes, once effectively implemented, would see our young people become well equipped with the necessary skills to develop themselves and in turn contribute to the overall development of the country. The private sector is one of the main beneficiaries of an educated and skilled workforce, and it should seek to invest in, and help to build, the pool of talent it wishes to draw from.It is well accepted that progressive countries in the world have strong systems for engaging youth in policy formation and in creating or altering programmes designed to support youth. We believe that if our young people are to make more mature and responsible judgements and engage in activities that are the hallmark of socially-productive adulthood, certain support systems for development must be present in the environment. Teaching life skills is a good way to start.last_img read more

Govt should ban Alkaline and similar singers from coming to perform here

first_imgDear Editor,I saw on most of our TV stations that the dance hall singer Alkaline is coming to Guyana to sing. These TV promoters are promoting this Jamaica singer as if he is some sort of a messiah coming to Guyana to create a revival for our nation.I am no fan of Alkaline and many of his contemporaries but I can differentiate what is a song from ‘’loud cussing’’ on a video.I took some time to listen to Alkaline songs and in his songs he used the F words and tons of expletives and profanities. For example, his famous songs are ‘’Fleek, Wining down, Ride on Me, Side Gyal, One more time, City and a long list of songs loaded with cuss words degrading women.In his music video Fleek he has tons of cash in his hands as he smoked drugs and has a woman practically naked wining up on a pole. In the music video ‘Side Gyal’’ he and a girl having sex explicitly and he sings his sex song to her explicitly depicting sex in a real immoral manner. He starts his next music video ‘’City’’ with tons of F words.My concerns about this Jamaican Dance Hall singer are many? Why would promoters want to bring this immoral singer to our country? Who is responsible for bringing him? Are they aware of what he sings?The lyrics of his songs are obnoxious and very degrading to women and young people.Songs by Alkaline, Vibez Kartel, Mavado, Popcaan, Konshens, are very vulgar and many of our Guyanese singers joining this vulgar crew. A very careful view of these music videos and one would see that it is musical pornography invading our society.I am calling on the Minister of Public Security and the Minister of Education and the Minister of State to ban Alkaline from coming to perform here. We must also remember that Kartel is currently serving a prison sentence in Jamaica for murder.Our government should ban all the songs of these dance hall singers from entering Guyana so as to create a clean society. I challenge our ministers including our President and Prime Minister to listen to Alkaline songs, I bet they won’t hear it for five minutes. Our young people have fallen morally, spiritually, and academically because of all these filthy music entering our nation.I have taken time off to view some of the shows which are replayed on TV. What I have seen and listened to is very immoral and disturbing to my soul. Songs from the Trinidad group by the Hit Man and our own Terry Gajraj and Adrian Dutchin promote rum drinking, and we are fully aware that rum is the cause of family break-ups and domestic violence in our society.Many of these songs have sexual overtones, and promote violence against women yet they are given a stage in Guyana. Some of our own singers join them by singing songs that promote vulgarity of the highest nature.Another song I viewed is called ‘All Night’; the message of the song really promotes sex, but does that really help our nation while we battle against AIDS?Are these singers and entertainers really helping our nation morally? Are they helping our young people spiritually and academically? While some of our singers and artists are very talented they can do better by singing cleaner songs with meaning like those of Bob Marley and Eddy Grant.I also observed that lots of singers today are performing very scantily dressed, from lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Niki Minaj, Beyonce, Madonna, and including many of our own singers. Most of the females in these music videos are in their underwear gyrating and ‘wining.’We have fallen from grace as a nation in this fast moving world of lawless and ignorant singers who became millionaires by promoting sex in their songs because sex sells in various forms.It seems to me that those who are bringing Alkaline here don’t care about the harm they are doing this nation but their major concern is to make money.God admonishes us in Holy Scripture that: ‘’ For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.’’ 1 Timothy 6:10I discovered that people in this world can do anything for money even if many people have to die for them to get rich. I call on our present administration to ban all these immoral singers from Jamaica, Trinidad, and from the USA too, from coming here to perform their filth.When I talk about great singers I can call a few here like: Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Paul Anka, Mohamed Rafi, Sono Nigam, Whitney Houston, Celene Dion, Shania Twain, Marc Anthony, The Marley Brothers, etc. To hear just a few of these singers can transform your soul when you hear them sing.William Shakespeare wrote: ‘’If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.’’What is the Ministry of Culture doing about these immoral shows that are invading our country? Can we really define our culture or do we have what it takes to comprehend the meaning of the word ‘culture.’We also need to take another look at the vulgarity of Mashramani and ask ourselves if these events are helping the moral and intellectual fabric of our society.It’s about time our citizens stopped supporting these shows because these entertainers are getting rich from our nation, which is poor. We can only value our nation by what we have produced and achieved over the years, and we have not arrived as yet.As VS Naipaul wrote: “We have produced nothing in the Caribbean.” What we have produced is Carnival and vile music that gives us more poverty, illiteracy, immorality and misery.Yours faithfully,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

Hilbert Foster for President of Berbice Cricket Board

first_imgDear Editor,The Berbice Cricket Stakeholders Committee unequivocally supports Mr Hilbert Foster for the presidency of the Berbice Cricket Board. Mr Foster, the Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, has, over the years, been in the forefront of cricket development, and development of young people of a whole, across Berbice and by extension across Guyana.It is without doubt that Hilbert Foster at the helm of the club he manages, he would have been instrumental in it being awarded the Medal of Service, a first for any sports organisation in this country.In his capacity as Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and in his personal capacity, Mr Hilbert Foster would have touched the lives of so many people in this country.The Berbice Cricket Stakeholders Committee notes with disgust the vulgar attempts by person/persons to malign Mr Foster’s character and integrity.Sincerely,Berbice CricketStakeholdersCommittee.last_img read more

No stopping Blaze Spikers

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron completed a sweep of all 14 games of the elimination round after a 25-14, 25-17, 25-19 rout of United VC Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.With Kath Bell and Stephanie Niemer blending seamlessly with the already formidable local Blaze Spikers, Petron was hardly threatened in dealing the UVC Spikers a seventh defeat in 13 matches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Hong Kong pushes Alab to the brink MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We just treat every match as like it’s a new season,” Niemer said. “And now the playoffs is starting for us, our record is 0-0. We just need to maintain the same level [of play].”Niemer scored 24 points while Bell had 19 in a two-barreled attack UVC did not have an answer to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThey need five more wins to come up with a perfect conference, something they accomplished during the All-Filipino Cup in 2015, that time winning all 13 games.Meanwhile, with Olympian import Maria Jose Perez in the fold, F2 Logistics earlier defeated Foton, 28-26, 25-15, 25-23, on Saturday to register its ninth win in 12 games.center_img 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 LATEST STORIES Foton lost for the 11th time in 12 matches even with Jaja Santiago returning to the fold.Coming in to replace Becky Perry, Perez unloaded 19 points to complement the 12-point effort of fellow import Lindsay Stalzer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Matchups for the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors

first_imgNCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college STARTING FORWARDSGolden State: Kevin Durant/Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.Toronto: Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam.Analysis: Durant isn’t expected to be available for Game 1 because of his calf strain, and it remains unclear if he’ll play at any point in the finals. Iguodala is a past Finals MVP and Green may be playing the best basketball of his life right now, with keeping his emotions in check yet another bonus for the Warriors. Siakam has had great moments in these playoffs and is likely the most improved player in the NBA this season. But this matchup comes down to Leonard, who has willed the Raptors through every tough moment they’ve faced in the postseason and has put himself in the best-player-in-the-world-right-now conversation. The Leonard vs. Green (or Iguodala) matchup when the Raptors have the ball will be fascinating.Edge: Even, based on the plan that Durant is missing some of the series.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books View comments COACHINGGolden State: Steve Kerr.Toronto: Nick Nurse.Analysis: Kerr won five rings as a player, has three already as a coach and somehow seems to always push the right buttons. Nurse has dealt incredibly well with the pressure that accompanied being a first-year coach who just happened to be replacing the reigning NBA coach of the year in Dwane Casey and had to lead a win-now-or-else team that went all in on moves to get players like Leonard and Gasol.Edge: Warriors.INTANGIBLESThe Warriors have 10 players with a combined 140 games of finals experience; the Raptors have four players who have been in a combined 38 finals games. And the Warriors’ total doesn’t even count 49 finals games for Kerr (27 as a player, 22 as a coach). … First time in the finals for Toronto, last time in the finals for Oakland — the Warriors are leaving Oracle Arena for the new Chase Center in San Francisco after this season. … By the time the finals start, the Warriors will have gone 24 days since losing a game (May 6, Game 4 of the West semis against Houston) and by the time the series shifts to Oakland on June 5 they will have gone 20 days without a home game. … Toronto won the regular-season series 2-0. Before that, the Warriors had won 16 of the last 18 games between the teams.Edge: Warriors, because of the experience factor. LATEST STORIES OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 12: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles on his knees while being guarded by Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on December 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThe position matchup breakdown for the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors:STARTING GUARDSADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Golden State: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Toronto: Kyle Lowry and Danny Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnalysis: All respect to Lowry, whose toughness and leadership are both comically overlooked because people tend to see only scoring, but this matchup clearly tilts Golden State’s way. Curry and Thompson have averaged 42.5 points combined in their first 22 finals games together and even on their bad days are two of the most feared shooters in the game. Toronto simply needs more from Green, who is shooting only 32 percent in the playoffs and 31 percent from 3-point range. Toronto won the last four games of the Eastern Conference finals even while Green went a staggering 1 for 15 from 3-point range. But he’s had enormous moments in the finals before, and is a 52 percent shooter from 3-point land in 12 previous finals games.Edge: Warriors. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert recovering after stroke symptoms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next STARTING CENTERGolden State: Jordan Bell (presumably).Toronto: Marc Gasol.Analysis: Gasol has waited a long time for this first taste of the finals, and Bell — if he does actually start, which is in some doubt — has 35 points in 11 games this postseason. And don’t be surprised if DeMarcus Cousins, who has never played in a finals game and missed most of these playoffs with a quad injury, is back on the floor early in the series for the Warriors and back as a starter not long after that. So far in the playoffs, Gasol has made more 3s (28) than 2s (27) and 55% of his points have come from beyond the 3-point line.Edge: Raptors, largely because of the uncertainty surrounding Cousins’ availability.BENCHGolden State: Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, Andrew Bogut.Toronto: Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka.Analysis: The Warriors’ bench rotation will change if Cousins and/or Durant return. Golden State has averaged 24.6 points off the bench in the playoffs, which doesn’t look so hot, but a deeper dive shows how effective certain things have been for the Warriors. Looney has been fantastic, shooting 72% (50 for 69) in 329 minutes off the bench, and Livingston is looking for his fourth ring as a key reserve. Ibaka, assuming he doesn’t start at center, will get big minutes for Toronto and plays the two-man game with Leonard like they’ve been together for seven years instead of seven months. And VanVleet came up big time and time again toward the end of the East finals, his emotions bolstered by the birth of his son midway through that matchup.Edge: Raptors, slightly. MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBNlast_img read more

No quit in Eric Kelly

first_imgLATEST STORIES “To be honest, I’m in a bad situation, personally. There are times where I struggle to focus on my training sessions, but I always push myself to find time for my training,” Kelly said.READ: Edward Kelly confident older bro Eric can regain old formFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut life wasn’t this cruel to Kelly before. Not during the time when he was considered as one of the most promising MMA fighters in his division after beating the likes of Mitch Chilson, Bae Yong Kwon, and Jens Pulver.Then, it began to come crashing down at the start of 2016 when he lost to Ev Ting by submission. That defeat was followed by a first-round knockout loss to Narantungalag Jadambaa six months later then, four more setbacks via stoppage came rolling down like an avalanche. But despite being buried under adversity, the 37-year-old Kelly remains grateful that the opportunities keep knocking on his door.This one, however, could be his last if he ends up on the losing end once again.That’s why Kelly is determined to redeem himself more than ever.“It has always been there. This isn’t a way out. It’s not going to go away anytime soon, so I might as well focus on giving myself time to train,” he said.“[Fans] can expect an Eric Kelly who has no quit in him and will always strive to get back [on top].”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eric Kelly. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMANILA, Philippines—Former featherweight contender Eric Kelly hopes to finally turn over a new leaf in his return to the cage in ONE: Legendary Quest on June 15 in Shanghai, China.Hounded by personal problems that have sent his MMA career into a downward spiral, Kelly attempts to snap out of his six-fight slump against Chinese sanda specialist Niu Kang Kang.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Edward Kelly confident older bro Eric can regain old form in ONE: Legendary Quest Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View commentslast_img read more

Poetry February 19, 2015

first_imgEfficacy for JusticeA Poem in Tribute to Former Chief Justice Johnnie Naustedlau LewisBy Togba-Nah Tipoteh, PhDWith a name like NaustedlauNo wonder he embraced the Rule of LawFor as Chief of Justice Struggling to remove InjusticeHe looked and stood tallWith no slip and fallLooking straight as an arrowSeizing Due Process to followHe was one person to know Being a Strong Brain from SinoeBringing wisdom from the EastTo render spineless the corrupt beastThat thrives on injusticeWhile the people thirst for justiceThis then is the legacyOf the Man Johnnie Naustedlau LewisOut of the Heritage of Susana LewisBearing Liberia’s Flag of Justice As Liberia’s Chief of JusticeMy Body is Gold{Poem to end violence against women}By: Lekpele Nyamalon Ever tried to break gold?With your own bare hand?Did you feel the stiff?Would you trade gold for brass?Or try to sweep it like some grass?Gold is a precious shiny stone-not a strawMy body –this body you see, is goldI may be short, small or hugeWith my lappa stained with red palm oilSwamped by crying babies in the kitchenOr, I may be carrying my bucket,Filled with pepper, okra, and cornBut with these, I put food on that tableCan’t you see my courage shines like lightening?I may be walking in mud down watersideBut I smile like the bright morning sunDoes that make me a cow that you beat to move?Why do you knock me down and gang rape me like hungry thirsty leopards?Am I sweeter than honey?And you laugh like its funny?You are a coward, cruel and shamelessWhy do you keep me dirty, barefooted and broken?Are you afraid of the radiance in my eyes?Do you fear the glamour of my beauty?Are you struck by the size of  my hips?Are you intimidated by the glow of my breasts?Now, hear me young manThis body you beat is goldAre you a beast, built to beat a woman?If you’re Hercules, why not jump on a lion in his den?Is your prowess fixed for women?But, you don’t know goldSomeday, you’ll see a real manA man with arms thicker than yoursAnd chest wide for my bodyWith voice that vibrates like thunderAnd hands stronger than oxenBut, he, like a knight, guards me like a queenAnd guess what?This man, my man, is a real manLike a miner, he knows gold, even in dirtAnd he cleans it up and sets it in a jarAnd marvels at the splendor-enjoying his treasureBut, you poor manYou were blinded by a ghostNever knew the gold you hadAnd boy, oh boy, when you know thisI’ll flee like a bird and be goneWhen it hits your door, you’d be doneLeft with your over grown egoChained in a cageStuck with your rageDid you think you could dim my bulb?And blow my lambI’ll still be on fireWhen we pass you byRolling your wheelbarrow on the outskirts of dualaYou’ll hide your face behind the mountain’s backWith your torn-out trouseurs, asking in your coloqua-da my woman there?This face you bruise is goldThis nose you punch is goldThis arm you twist is goldThis leg you sweep is goldThis body, my body is gold.Salute to the Armed Forces of LiberiaVARNEY L. S. GEANSuch was that moment they were so despisedSuch was the time they had no familiar friendSo dire it was many wished that they vanishedBut in time they will unearth their truth bearingsIn time they will mount from that era of trivialitySalute to our National ArmySuch was the instance many would laugh at themSuch was that time death was greeted with smirksAwful it was many wished they never ascend againBut in time all that will change for the greater goodIn time they will once again be our nation’s prideSalute to our National Army The Lieutenants the Generals the CorporalsThe Majors the Colonels the Sergeants the PrivatesFive stars three stars and all those honors bestowedVibrant men and women of our dear motherland In time we will sing sonnets about their greatnessSalute to the Armed Forces of LiberiaSHACKLEDVARNEY L. S. GEANI feel so bordered by revulsionI feel so bounded by indifferenceI feel so enclosed by blasphemiesI feel so imprisoned by humiliationI feel the aloof eyes staring deeplyPungent breathes against my cheeksInfinite hands fervently waitingTo inflict the worst grief I can abideFew are thus far but it seems so nearerSome nearness strike the instant fearBounded I am will sure suffocate soonerThis draws closer a time I can’t escapeIn such moment I ponder for the longestQuestions asked but retorts I bare notNevertheless the truth I boldly defendFor being the virtuous persona I truly amI Saw Liberia RiseBy Lekpele M. NyamalonI sat on the top of a treeAnd saw the sky blazing with scrapersHooping for the skiesI saw lights beaming from the slums of west pointAnd the corners of rock spring valley to the ghettoes of capitol by passI heard the grounds vibrating, making way for the bulldozersTo rebuild our cityI closed my eyes and found a town deep in the belly of the southeastAnd found pipes buried under the dirtPumping clean water to the shoresI sat from afar and saw kids going to schoolWalking in disbelief at the glamour of their cityI sat near a palm tree and looked through my binocularsAnd saw roads paved from redlight to LoguatuoFrom Buchanan to GreenvilleStretching from Harper to BarclayvilleI saw Marshall springing with buildings and birth given to a cityI saw leaders leading with honesty and parents guiding their childrenI saw a nation booming with hopeThat was my Country, the land of the freeSmiling with passion of a birth renewedI was there, I saw the lightI saw Liberia rise!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LPRC’s Laudable Achievement: a Sign of Things to Come?

first_imgThe Liberian public has waited for a while and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has spent a pretty penny (millions of United States dollars) to see the partial completion of its fuel storage tanks.  This is part of the LPRC’s ongoing Product Storage Terminal Rehabilitation Project.On Tuesday this week, the company’s Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams II, led its Board of Directors on a guided tour of the newly constructed terminal, which has now  increased LPRC’s storage capacity from 12.3 to 18.5 million gallons of mixed petroleum products—a milestone in the history of the company’s storage capacity.This, said Mr. Williams, will result in increased revenues and dividends to the Liberian government. He referred to previous achievements in the rehabilitation project, including a modern product testing laboratory, a close circuit television security system, a fire water tank and four petroleum tanks as part of the PST Expansion Project. The entire project, said William, is slated for completion next year—2016.The other good news is that, according to Mr. Williams, the piping and fabrication works on the new tanks were undertaken by a Liberian company, Green Coast Construction, owned by Henry Getto.  LPRC Operations Manager Bobby Brown informed the Board that these works were executed “perfectly” and far ahead of schedule.One of the benefits to be derived from the new tanks is the reduction in the overstay of vessels at the jetty (where oil tankers dock to offload their oil cargo).  Another major benefit is an increase in the strategic reserve—over 90 days—of all petroleum products.These achievements by LPRC deserve high commendation.  It is an indication that long gone are the days—especially in the 1980s—when hundreds of motor vehicles lined up at petroleum stations for hours waiting for fuel, often in vain.LPRC’s immediate challenge, even before the current rehabilitation project is completed next year, is to begin plans for an extension of the “strategic reserves” from 90 days to 90 weeks—or approximately a year and a half.  That would put Liberia ahead of many countries in the West African sub-region and ensure that the   country will never be short of fuel any time soon.We have two other major challenges that we hope LPRC would seriously consider.  The first is the rebuilding of a petroleum refining facility.  This is something Liberia has not seen since the 1970s when Sun Oil built and operated such a facility at the old LPRC site in Gardnersville, off Somalia Drive.Should LPRC be able to rebuild the refinery, the company would be empowered to export many of its products to neighboring countries and replenish much of the foreign exchange used to import petroleum.  The petroleum refinery would be even more necessary if and when, by God’s grace, Liberia strikes oil in commercial quantities.The second major challenge which we hope LPRC would consider is the erection in downtown Monrovia of a skyscraper—a 15-20 storey  building which would house not only its modern  headquarters but the headquarters and offices of many other industries and commercial firms.In so doing, LPRC would be emulating the great example of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASCORP), which has invested some of its money in office complexes and guest houses in various places around the country.This newspaper has long argued that it is only Liberians that will build Liberia and transform this land of liberty, once called the Grain Coast, into a beautiful, modern country that can still become a great country.What we need are serious, focused and visionary people of integrity, commitment and patriotism, who can look beyond the horizon and into the vistas of the future and see and grasp opportunities and accomplishments that can make Liberia the envy of Africa.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Masonic Craft “Must” Lead Liberia? It Is They Who First Must Answer,…

first_imgThe distinguished Liberian entrepreneur and politician, Benoni Urey, Chairman of the Lonestar Communications Corporation, made a pretty important speech on Masonry, unquestionably Liberia’s most powerful secret society.Addressing the St. John the Baptist Feast Day ceremony held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church last Thursday, he said the next President of Liberia “must” be a Mason. That remark sparked many critical comments not only in the Daily Observer’s online edition, but also on the talk shows on several Monrovia radio and TV stations. The comments were overwhelmingly negative. But on hearing these reactions to his address, Mr. Urey called the Daily Observer to deny that he had ever said such a thing. He said he had never called for Liberia to be led by a Mason come 2017.Many people, however, said they saw him utter those very words on television. Mr. Urey was kind enough to send us last Friday a copy of his 11-page address. Here is what he said beginning on page 10: “The New Liberia we envisage will and must be one with a Masonic Head.” He went on to outline the qualities of such a leader, qualities which, he insisted, “[meet] the Tenet of Free Masonry.” In closing, Urey said he looked forward to another “festive day of Craft Masonry when Monrovia will “see the President of Liberia perambulating (traveling on foot, walking-marching) with us on the streets of Monrovia. “Our dreams must come true, our goal we must achieve… The choice is ours.”Who, then, can deny that Benoni Urey wants the next President of Liberia to be a Free Mason? And having himself declared his candidacy for the presidency in 2017, which Mason would better suit that bill than the ambitious, influential and wealthy Benoni Urey who, within a few years hence, will most likely himself be elected Grand Master? We have often wondered what has Masonry done for Liberia? The most that people who have noticed know about them is what they did last Thursday: dressed up in expensive clothes, marched behind brass bands, assembled in the Temple to wine and dine and, because they are the elite of the elite, the cream of power in the society—the top lawyers, judges, politicians, business and professional people—they can easily influence a lot that is happening in Liberia. Benoni Urey said it: “The Masonic Craft over the years has played a significant role in the building and governance ofLiberia. Five of the nation’s Presidents have been grand masters of Masons.” Urey further recalled: “Many problems in government were settled at the Masonic Temple. Good governance decisions were made there. Bad decisions were challenged at the Temple.”There is, then, no question that the Masonic Craft has had an overweening influence on Liberian statecraft. Now come some critical questions:• What have the Masons ever done for the poor, weak, deprived and destitute in our society?• How come this first independent African Republic is, at 168, still at the bottom of the world’s economic development ladder?• How come the Judiciary, as it is even today, has been accused of corruption? This, more than anything else, frightened Albert Porte, the legendary constitutional analyst and pamphleteer who over the years warned that the judiciary is “the cement that holds together the national fabric. Weaken that cement and you weaken the national fabric”—and that and more was happening, leading to the 1980 coup and to the civil war. Have the Masons ever asked themselves what part they played—have they ever accepted any responsibility for what happened to Liberia? After all, they were in the lead. They came second after the True Whig Party; the church came third. That was the triumvirate that ruled Liberian for over a century—the TWP, the Masonic Craft, the church.• So how did Liberia, under their leadership, become a failed state? How did we, having been on the same economic level with Singapore and South Korea in 1960, remain consistently the odd man out in economic and political development? We submit that because the Masons admit that they were in Liberian society the Primus inter pares (first among equals), they should be the first to answer the question, what happened to Liberia?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

V.P. Boakai Urges Youth to Help Clean Monrovia

first_imgVice President Joseph Boakai has called on Liberian youth to work closely with authorities of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to make the capital city a clean and protected environment for all.The Vice President’s advice to the youth was contained in a statement he delivered on Friday, January 30, at a program in honor of students who participated in “Operation Attack Plastic” last year to give Monrovia a facelift. VP Boakai certificated 14 schools for meaningful involvement in the exercise that brought together schools under the Monrovia Consolidated School System.The program was organized by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) in collaboration with UNICEF and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was intended to encourage students to get a little cash benefit for collecting used plastics from their respective communities in and around Monrovia.The Vice President said if young people are involved in keeping their country clean it will promote the safety, health and general wellbeing of their own communities.“We are aware of plastic bags, plastic coatings, plastic furniture, plastic sheets and many items that are made of plastic that are mostly uncontrollably dumped onto the streets. But the challenge is how to redevelop the used plastics by means of recycling, which makes it imperative for us to encourage the Operation Plastic Attack launched by the MCC” said V.P. Boakai.According to him, experts have shown that plastics are generally non-biodegradable and as such, they may last up to 1,000 years.Vice President Boakai said that plastics are hazardous to the soil and water, which in effect trickles down to plants, animals and human beings.For her part, MCC Mayor, Madam Clara Doe Mvogo, expressed gratitude to the students for participating in the exercise. Madam Mvogo said the 14 schools that participated demonstrated their love for country by ensuring that the city remains clean and healthy for all.She said the used plastics collected from the streets by the students have already been turned over for recycling to a plastic goods manufacturing company, which in return, compensated the students through the MCC. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Nimba, J. J. Roberts’ Day Snubbed

first_imgEven though the commemoration of President Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ birthday as a holiday was observed with all business places closed, little is known of the importance of the occasion in Nimba County.On local radio talk shows, many citizens advised the government to abolish the celebration of this holiday, because they said it lacks importance to society as J. J. Roberts did not do anything that can be talked about. There were no special events held in his memory in towns and villages around Nimba County. Business places were partially open during the morning hours, but by afternoon, Gompa City Inspectors were seen going around closing the partially opened businesses.Some of the callers said the government should not celebrate the birthdays of the individual presidents (J. J. Roberts and William V. S. Tubman) separately, but instead create one memorial day for all the presidents of Liberia.“I am not interested in any of these celebrations, especially like J. J. Roberts or William V. S. Tubman, because they hinder the movement of business,” Saye Lakpor, a caller said on Radio Saclepea.“Why are we celebrating J. J. Roberts’ birthday?” inquired Paul, a businessman. “What really did he do that’s worth remembering?”Every business activity in the county was stalled, with even commercial motorcycle riders complaining of lack of passengers. As one rider put it, “this holiday is too hard compared to other holidays. People are not moving like on other holidays when people go around visiting friends and loved ones, so then why are we celebrating it?” he asked.Despite the complaints, in Saclepea, the Old Timers of Saclapea held a friendly soccer encounter with officers of the Liberia National Police to commemorate the birthday of Liberia’s first President, who was also the first President of an African nation.The key reason for people downplaying the celebration of this day is because the government failed to organize a national occasion that could be symbolically celebrated in every provincial capital, one of the callers said.“Our people are not informed about the important role our first president played; even who he really was; what he did during and after the declaration of independence in 1847,”the caller added.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1809. He came to Liberia at the age of 20 in 1829, along with his mother and brothers.Before becoming a politician, upon their arrival in Liberia he became a merchant, involved in exporting ivory, palm products and camwood. In 1838, he became a sheriff in charge of the militia to collect taxes from the indigenous people and to resist the rebellion that originated from that exercise.He was later appointed as deputy governor to Governor Thomas Buchanan, who was then governor of the American Colonization Society (ACS), and upon his death, Roberts succeeded him as Governor of Buchanan.Roberts advocated intensely for Liberia’s independence, and in 1847 Liberia gained her independence. On October 5, 1847, Governor Roberts was elected the first President of Liberia and was sworn into office on January 3, 1848.President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was again elected as President, when Edwin James Roye was deposed from office, owing to cancelation of elections and during this time also Liberia was facing a financial crisis.Prior to his death on February 24, 1876, President Roberts turned over US$10,000 and an estate to the Liberia Education System for the education of the poor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MVP vs. USA: Americans to face Antetokounmpo at World Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Brown is eager for Saturday.“Looking forward to it,” Brown said.Middleton said he hasn’t done any chatting with Antetokounmpo since the World Cup started. And he cautioned that focusing too much on Antetokounmpo could be problematic for the Americans.“He is the MVP, but at the same time they do have other great players on that team,” Middleton said. “They have Calathes, they have a couple bigs, couple shooters. So it’s not just all about Giannis. He’s a smart player who knows how to use his teammates. We can’t just focus on him.” LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son “For us, we go as far as Giannis goes,” Greece’s Nick Calathes said. “Not just offensively because offensively he can score, he can pass. But defensively, he’s a big impact for us. We’ll be ready to go. We’re not afraid of anybody. Obviously, USA is the best team in the tournament right now so we’ll be prepared and have the right mindset coming in.”All second-round teams play two games before the quarterfinal field is set. The U.S. will play Brazil in the second-round finale Monday, while Greece will play the Czech Republic.There is no mystery about what this event means to Antetokounmpo.“To represent my country, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Antetokounmpo said. “You really cannot explain it. But one thing I’ll say is when you play for the national team, you don’t only play for yourself. You represent every single Greek person.”He said in the weeks leading up to the tournament that he would trade the MVP award for the World Cup crown.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago Citycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ For the first time, a reigning NBA MVP will play against the U.S. on a major international stage. Antetokounmpo and Greece (2-1) will be the opponent when the U.S. (3-0) opens second-round play on Saturday night, in what’s essentially a must-win game for the Greeks in their quest to reach next week’s quarterfinals.“Oh, he’s going to come out to kill us. There’s no question,” said U.S. center Brook Lopez, Antetokounmpo’s teammate with the Milwaukee Bucks. “He’ll try to tear our heads off. I wouldn’t expect anything otherwise.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Greece has already survived one must-win game in this World Cup, beating New Zealand 103-97 on Thursday night to clinch the 16th and final available spot in the second round. Had they lost, the Greeks were going to the classification round and relegated to no better than a 17th-place finish in the 32 team tournament.Instead, they get the U.S. in a game that’s sure to command major attention. Without Messi, Argentina plays 0-0 friendly draw with Chile View comments If only it were that easy. Greece will face a U.S. team that is coming off a 53-point romp against Japan to finish first-round play.“Our opinion has been all along that all these players from overseas that play in the NBA are obviously good players or they wouldn’t be there, and Giannis is pretty special as far as good players are concerned,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “But when they play for their countries, we like to say that they become superheroes.”Greece will probably need Antetokounmpo to find his superhero cape if this upset is going to happen.He’s averaged 15.7 points so far in three games in China, shooting 50 percent from the floor and only 17 percent from 3-point range. The Greeks have been careful with his minutes and his best game of the World Cup, by far, was Thursday when he logged 30 minutes and scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out six assists.Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos likely won’t be cautious with his star’s minutes Saturday.“Giannis is the superstar of the team and everybody knows what he can do,” Skourtopoulos said.The Americans struggled at times in their opener against the Czech Republic, nearly lost to Turkey in their second game and arrived in China last week a few days removed from a loss in Australia. All that has led to plenty of questions about their vulnerability.Skourtopoulos isn’t buying that notion.“The USA team, of course, even with a lot of stars missed, the roster is great,” Skourtopoulos said. “The coaching staff is more than great. It’s a very good team and we’ll have to be 100 percent ready if we want to go against them and take the victory against this great team.”There’s a very distinct familiarity for Lopez and U.S. wing Khris Middleton, since they see Antetokounmpo in Bucks practice every day during the NBA season. And three members of the Boston Celtics who are on the U.S. roster — Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart — faced Antetokounmpo in the second round of last season’s playoffs, the Bucks winning in five games. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo gestures during the Basketball World Cup Group F game between Greece and New Zealand in Nanjing on September 5, 2019. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)SHENZHEN, China — The U.S. men’s basketball team figured that it would eventually cross paths with Giannis Antetokounmpo at this World Cup.And the Americans were right.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Perasol sorry after losing his cool in UP loss to Ateneo: ‘I need to be better’

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perasol admitted to his fault and he acknowledged he has to be better moving forward into the season.“As their leader, as their head, I need to be better,” said Perasol Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I cannot lose myself especially in a game as big as this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I apologize, first for my team for losing it. It really doesn’t matter what happens on the court but I have to think about my composure because that’s what I preach and I as the one who lost it.”Perasol lashed out at one of the officials at the 6:23 mark of the third with UP trailing Ateneo, 52-35. One of the referees chased UP center Bright Akhuetie the length of the court to call a technical foul on the big man at the 8:03 mark of the third, and Perasol saw that as an act of impeding the progress of the game.“There was instance when the official called the third foul on Bright and Bright was already on the other baseline, I really thought that the official followed him there,” said Perasol.“I was telling the official ‘you’re going to ruin the team, or you’re going to ruin the competition, a beautiful competition at that by making personal calls like that,’” added Perasol “Bright was already at the other end of the court and giving him a technical after his third foul, and if you’re thinking well enough you can’t do that as an official because you’re going to ruin the competition.”Perasol’s actions merited him an automatic suspension in UP’s next game against Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments MOST READ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Beermen dump winless Aces Photo from UAAPMANILA, Philippines—Frustrations mounted for University of the Philippines during its showdown against Ateneo Sunday night.No one felt it more than UP head coach Bo Perasol, who snapped as emotions got the better of him in the third quarter of the Fighting Maroons’ 89-63 beating at the hands of the unbeaten Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Imageslast_img read more

NCAA: Perpetual Help ends 5-game slide, frustrates St. Benilde

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images MOST READ FILE – Perpetual Help vs St. Benilde in NCAA Season 95 first round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Perpetual Help stunned College of St. Benilde, 85-83, and stopped a five-game skid in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Friday.The Altas tied Jose Rizal University at the seventh seed with identical 4-10 records while the Blazers dropped their sixth straight game, losing eight of their last nine matches for a 6-8 card, still good for no. 6.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Lagunacenter_img View comments UAAP commissioner junks UP appeal on Bo Perasol 3-game ban LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Perpetual banked on a strong third quarter where it outscored the Blazers 29-16 to take a slim 62-60 lead heading into the stalemate of a fourth quarter.Kim Aurin had himself an outing with 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Altas who had four more players score in double figures.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Jielo Razon and Rey Peralta had 15 and 11 points, respectively, while Benedict Adamos and James Labarda had 10 points apiece.Carlo Young had 20 points to lead Benilde, which is still struggling to get its rhythm back, while Justin Gutang had 13 points and 13 rebounds. ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Raptors open new campaign with tough win over Pelicans in OT

first_imgCalifornia prosecutors said Tuesday they won’t charge Raptors President Masai Ujiri for an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy after the NBA championship clincher in Oakland last June. The DA’s office said it met with Ujiri and his attorneys Monday and decided the matter was better handled “outside of the courtroom.”BACK OFF!VanVleet was frustrated after rolling his ankle late in the third quarter when he landed on a courtside cameraman.“How many times does it have to happen before you think about doing something else?” VanVleet said. “It’s happened to me at least four or five times in the last two years. This is the worst.”VanVleet was able to return, playing eight minutes in the fourth and all of overtime.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Dallas on Friday.Raptors: At Boston on Friday. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study “They made a couple of big plays at the end that gave them separation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “That was the difference in the game.”Brandon Ingram scored 22 points and Josh Hart had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which began the season without No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. JJ Redick scored 16 points, Nicolò Melli had 14 and Holiday added 13.The Pelicans made 19 turnovers, leading to 22 Toronto points. Twelve of New Orleans’ turnovers came in the second half and overtime.“We played hard, but we’ve also got to play smart,” Gentry said. “We didn’t play smart down the stretch there.”Lowry made a pair of free throws to tie it 117-all with 29 seconds left in regulation, and Toronto’s Norman Powell grabbed the rebound on a missed shot by Holiday, giving the Raptors one last shot with 8.9 seconds to go.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leonard, Clippers pull away from Lakers in NBA season opener MOST READ View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahawcenter_img Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) goes to the basket as New Orleans Pelicans’ Josh Hart (3) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (0) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors slipped on shiny new rings, unfurled a championship banner, then got their title defense started with a hard-fought victory.Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime on Tuesday night in the NBA’s season-opening game.ADVERTISEMENT Powell got the ball, but his long 3-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out, sending it to overtime.Before the game, the Raptors received the biggest championship rings in NBA history and unfurled a banner celebrating their six-game triumph over Golden State last June.“I have to start lifting more weights so I can carry it around,” VanVleet joked.The Raptors lost NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency, and also saw guard Danny Green leave for the Lakers.Before the game, Gentry said losing a star player doesn’t always hurt a team’s fortunes.“Bryce Harper is gone, too, but where are the Nationals?” Gentry asked rhetorically about Washington’s World Series baseball team. “I wouldn’t count these guys out just yet.”TIP-INSPelicans: Williamson is expected to miss at least six weeks after right knee surgery Monday. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games. He missed New Orleans’ final exhibition game in New York last Friday night.Raptors: Toronto was without forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin) and Patrick McCaw (left knee).NO CHARGES FOR UJIRI Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Gago’ LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption “Pascal and Freddy, they are the young core, they are the guys who will carry this thing on,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “I’m so happy for those guys to go out and perform like tonight. We’ll see them grow all year.”Lowry scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws that put Toronto in the lead for good, and Serge Ibaka had 13 as the Raptors won their seventh straight season opener and posted their eighth win in nine meetings with the Pelicans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It’s very fun to be in the position that we’re in where we just won it but we’re kind of on the climb again,” VanVleet said.Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday tied it at 122 by making a pair of free throws with 2:23 left in overtime. Lowry answered with his foul shots, VanVleet hit a corner 3, and Lowry also connected from long range to cap a decisive 8-0 run. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bustlast_img read more

Thunder rally from 24 points to beat Grizzlies

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations “I think Dennis was — not to gas him up or nothing — but that was inspiring tonight,” Paul said. “On a night where we sort of don’t have the energy, don’t have the mojo — just sitting over there watching how hard he was playing and the energy he was playing with, it forced everybody else to get on board.”Brandon Clarke scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 24 and Ja Morant added 22 for the Grizzlies.“Tough one for us tonight,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Obviously, great job building that big lead. Credit the Thunder. They played a heck of a second half. Their bench was phenomenal. Just a little short tonight.”The Thunder got off to another shaky start on Wednesday. Memphis shot 54% in the first half and took a 68-59 lead at the break. Valanciunas and Morant each scored 13 points for the Grizzlies while Gallinari scored 11 points for the Thunder.Oklahoma City did not score for three minutes to start the third quarter, and Memphis took an 80-59 lead. The Grizzlies’ largest lead was 89-65.ADVERTISEMENT Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) shoots in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The same Thunder team that began the season losing close games on a regular basis now has figured out how to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and win.Dennis Schroder scored 31 points, and Oklahoma City overcame a 24-point deficit and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-122 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 18 for the Thunder, who rallied from 26 points down to beat the Chicago Bulls on Monday.According to the Thunder, Oklahoma City is the only NBA team in the past 20 years to overcome deficits of at least 24 points in consecutive games and win both. The Thunder will take the wins, but they’d prefer to avoid the extra drama.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It feels good,” Schroder said. “Two of them. You can’t rely on it. We’ve just got to come out better in the first quarter. But it was good. We can go home and enjoy the time but we’ve got to be better for 48 (minutes).”Schroder scored 22 points in the second half. Takumi Minamino becomes 1st Japanese player to join Liverpool NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas SCHRODER’S SHOWSchroder made 7 of 11 field goals and all eight of his free throws in the second half.STAT LINESBy many measures, Clarke had the best offensive game of his career. He had career highs in field goals made (13) and attempted (19) and had seven offensive rebounds.UP NEXTThe Grizzlies visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.The Thunder host the Phoenix Suns on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When Pops met Martin’s son Santino The Thunder surged at the end of the third quarter. Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, then Schroder stole the inbound pass and Gilgeous-Alexander hit a 16-footer at the buzzer to cut Oklahoma City’s deficit to 100-93.“That was a momentum switch for sure,” Jenkins said.Oklahoma City finally took the lead on a pull-up jumper by Schroder with just over eight minutes to play.Paul’s short jumper gave the Thunder a 122-120 lead in the final minute. Memphis could have tied the game, but Morant and Clarke missed in close and Schroder made two free throws at the other end for Oklahoma City to push the Thunder lead to four.After a dunk by Clarke, Schroder was fouled with 7.5 seconds to go, and he made both free throws to give the Thunder control for good.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Were outscored 27-12 at the free-throw line. … Made just 2 of 10 3-pointers in the second half.Thunder: Shot 55% in the first quarter, despite missing all five of their 3-point attempts. … Scored 28 points in the final 7:10 of the third quarter. … G Hamidou Diallo is still out with a hyperextended right elbow.SHARP SUITSPaul brought in a tailor and paid for custom-made suits for the entire Thunder team. The players showed up to the arena Wednesday night dressed to impress. Even Steven Adams, known for showing up in sweats, got into the act.Paul said Adams’ look was “fresh” and might have had the best look. Adams corrected him and told him the proper word was “dapper.” Rookie Darius Bazley said it was the first suit he’s ever had.“The cool part about it is not even what it is, but the fact we did it together,” Paul said. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View commentslast_img read more

Olympic Games manifesto sells for auction record of $8.8 million

first_img‘Alien’ LeBron is out of this world, says Antetokounmpo It achieved nearly nine times its pre-sale estimate of $1 million following 12 minutes of intense bidding at a sale in New York, Sotheby’s said in a statement.“Today’s record result stands as a testament to Pierre de Coubertin’s vision of more than a century ago, and the reverence with which the Olympic games are still held,” said auctioneer Selby Kiffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Coubertin outlined his vision for reviving the ancient Olympic Games as a new, international competition in the manifesto.He argued that athletic endeavor had benefits for individuals and society. When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The original Olympic Games manifesto, written in 1892 by French aristocrat, educator and athletics advocate Pierre de Coubertin which outlines his vision for reviving the ancient Olympic Games as a modern, international athletic competition, on public display at Sotheby’s in Century City, California, on October 23, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)A new auction world record for an item of sports memorabilia was set Wednesday when the original Olympic Games manifesto sold for $8.8 million at Sotheby’s, the auction house said.The 14-page manuscript was written in 1892 by Pierre de Coubertin, a French aristocrat and athletics enthusiast known as the “father” of the modern Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationscenter_img Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee The manuscript is the only known copy of the speech which Coubertin delivered in Paris in 1892. Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee two years later and the first modern Games took place in 1896 in Athens. The previous world auction record for sports memorabilia was the $5.6 million paid in June for a jersey worn by baseball legend Babe Ruth, Sotheby’s said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Venus Williams out of Brisbane International with injury

first_imgThailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Guardiola insists Manchester City is England’s ‘team of the decade’ Venus Williams of the US reacts during her women’s single first round match against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic at the WTA China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on September 29, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)BRISBANE, Australia — Venus Williams has been forced to pull out of the Brisbane International following an undisclosed “setback” in training.Tournament officials said Wednesday a replacement for the 52nd-ranked Williams will be named on Thursday. Williams had been given a wild card for the Brisbane event which starts Jan. 6.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 39-year-old Williams still hopes to contest the Adelaide International from Jan. 13.“Unfortunately I won’t be starting my season in Brisbane due to an unexpected setback during my training,” she said in a statement on Wednesday. “I look forward to being in Australia in the New Year and will see everyone at Adelaide.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday When Pops met Martin’s son Santino No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleelast_img read more

Some of 2019’s most memorable games decided by blown calls

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View comments ‘People evacuated on their own’ Finally, the shot fell through, giving the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory that bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the NBA playoffs.Leonard’s shot from the corner over Joel Embiid was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in NBA history. The ball danced on the rim four times before dropping. It was quite a capper to Leonard’s 41-point masterpiece.The Raptors would go on to claim their first NBA title by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors.“It was great,” Leonard said. “It was a blessing to be able to get to that point and make that shot and feel that moment.”MEGAN’S MOMENTMegan Rapinoe capped a remarkable year of sporting excellence and social activism by leading to United States to its second straight Women’s World Cup title.Rapinoe broke a scoreless tie in the final with a second-half penalty kick, and the Americans went on to beat the Netherlands 2-0.Rapinoe won the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer in the month-long tournament, but her impact went far beyond the field. She sparred with U.S. President Donald Trump and was one of the leading voices on a squad that loudly demanded equal pay with the men’s team.“We’re such a proud and strong and defiant group of women,” Rapinoe said.Her trademark victory pose, looking skyward with arms outstretched, also became a worldwide sensation.BRAVE BLOSSOMSIn the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, host Japan turned in a thoroughly inspiring performance at the Rugby World Cup in its final group stage match against Scotland. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China A brilliant display by the team known as the “Brave Blossoms” gave them a big halftime lead. Then they held off a furious Scottish comeback to preserve a 28-21 victory.Japan advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time. Even though they lost to eventual champion South Africa, their tournament run was just what their battered nation needed after the ferocious storm.BURROW BESTS TUAJoe Burrow propelled LSU to the College Football Playoff and himself to the Heisman Trophy with a dazzling display against Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama in college football’s game of the year.Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, answered challenge after challenge, and helped end LSU’s eight-year string of futility against the Crimson Tide.After the Tigers’ 46-41 victory, Burrow was carried off the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium by his teammates.““We’ve finally got the tools that we need to beat those guys,” coach Ed Orgeron said. “To have a championship team, you’ve got to have a championship quarterback.”ANGEL ON THE PITCHER’S MOUNDIn their first home game after the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels honored his memory with a combined no-hitter from Taylor Cole and Félix Peña in a 13-0 victory over Seattle.The Angels played a practically perfect game on the day before what would have been Skaggs’ 28th birthday.“He was definitely looking over us tonight,” said Mike Trout, who contributed a 454-foot homer and six RBIs.Later, officials ruled that Skaggs’ died from an accidental drug overdose, prompting Major League Baseball to start testing for cocaine and opioids. FILE – In this May 12, 2019, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, second from left, celebrates his game-winning basket as time expired at the end of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Toronto on Sunday,. Toronto won 92-90. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs.The Auburn Tigers were sure they’d get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let it go.ADVERTISEMENT After romping to a 3-0 win in the first game of the home-and-home, total-goals series, Barca seemed a lock for the final.But, back on their home turf at Anfield, Liverpool pulled off a stunning 4-0 victory that propelled the club to its sixth European title.“This club has a big heart, and tonight the heart was pounding like crazy,” manager Juergen Klopp said. “You could feel it all over the world.”Twenty-four hours later, Tottenham overcame a three-goal halftime deficit on the road, stunning Ajax in the other Champions League semifinal.“We saw Liverpool last night,” Tottenham fullback Danny Rose said. “It goes to show it’s not over until it is over.”SUPER OVERAfter more than nine stomach-churning hours, the first Super Over in Cricket World Cup history — and perhaps the most extraordinary over ever played — came down to one last ball.England calmly prevailed in the fading sunlight of Lord’s as New Zealand’s desperate scramble to score what would have been the winning run came up short. So ended the home team’s agonizing 44-year wait to be crowned world champion of the sport it invented.“The most ridiculous game of cricket to have ever been played,” said Jos Buttler, England’s wicket-keeper.“The guys are shattered,” countered New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. “It’s devastating.”FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALLKawhi Leonard got the bounce. Then another. Then another. And, yes, one more. Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES ATP Cup adds to crowded tennis dates before Australian Open No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Not long after, the guys in stripes weren’t so lax, whistling a disputed foul that sent the Cavaliers to the line for the winning free throws.Some of the year’s most memorable games were decided by controversial calls — or, perhaps it would be more appropriate to say, the calls that didn’t get made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Let’s take a look back at the Top 10 from 2019:BAYOU BUNGLET he Los Angeles Rams advanced to the Super Bowl with an overtime win against the Saints that would not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation. When Pops met Martin’s son Santino NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations On a faceoff in San Jose’s offensive zone with Las Vegas leading 3-0 midway through the third period, Cody Eakin cross-checked Sharks captain Joe Pavelski in the chest. Paul Stastny then bumped Pavelski as he fell to the ice, his helmet slamming down. Pavelski was knocked out and bleeding on the ice.The officials huddled as a dazed Pavelski was helped to the locker room. They gave Eakin a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct.The Golden Knights were livid — especially after the Sharks erupted for four goals during those five minutes with an extra skater.“They called five minutes for that?” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “It’s a joke, that’s what it is.”The Golden Knights tied the game with a goal late in regulation, but Barclay Goodrow’s overtime goal won it for the Sharks, 5-4.“The boys got together and said this is for Pavs,” San Jose’s Joe Thornton said. “It was just a matter of will, and we willed that one for him.”The Sharks became just the second team ever to overcome a three-goal deficit in the third period to win a Game 7.As for the Golden Knights, they had to be content with a call from the NHL apologizing for a penalty that was too harsh.MIRACLE AT ANFIELDAdd another entry to Liverpool’s long list of storied comebacks.This time, Lionel Messi and mighty Barcelona were on the receiving end in the semifinals of soccer’s European Champions League. Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis well before the pass arrived inside the 5, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz’s 31-yard field goal.“I got away with one,” Robey-Coleman conceded.Jared Goff had enough time to lead the Rams down the field for Greg Zuerlein’s tying field with 15 seconds remaining.Then Zuerlein won it, 26-23, with a 57-yard kick in overtime.“It happened right there in front of the person who would be the one to make the call, and everyone in the stands saw it, everyone watching at home on TV saw it,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In response to the uproar, the NFL changed its rules to allow video reviews of interference calls, though that has seemingly led to even more confusion and complaints this season.FINAL FOUR TWO-STEPOne year after becoming the first top seed to lose to a No. 16 seed, Virginia appeared headed for more heartbreak in the NCAA Tournament.The Cavaliers squandered a 10-point lead in the final five minutes to Auburn. But they managed to pull it out, with a big helping hand from the officials.Virginia’s Ty Jerome appeared to double-dribble for what could have been a decisive turnover. Or Jerome might have been fouled before the mishandle. There was no whistle for either.With 1.5 seconds left and in need of some magic, Virginia got the ball to Kyle Guy in the corner. He turned and fired as Samir Doughty, hands straight up in the air, bumped into Guy’s hip. The shot was short, bouncing off the rim as Auburn started to celebrate.Game over? Nope.Official James Breeding called a foul on Doughty, sending Guy to the free-throw line. He calmly knocked down all three shots to give Virginia a disputed 63-62 win. Two nights later, in another overtime thriller, the Cavaliers captured their first national title by beating Texas Tech.“We kind of thought we had it sealed,” Auburn’s Bryce Brown said. “I just didn’t agree with the call.”PAVELSKI PAYBACKAuburn and New Orleans weren’t the only teams to gripe about the officiating,The NHL season ended for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the playoffs after a major penalty sparked the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 overtime victory.last_img read more

It’s a wild and wacky Guyana…

first_img…in the courtsThe phrase “the law is an ass” was coined by Charles Dickens who put it in the mouth of one of his characters: if the workings of the law leads to patently absurd decisions, then “the law is an ass”. The phrase immediately came to your Eyewitness’ mind when he read the snippets of the judgement by the Appellate Court, which affirmed President Granger’s UNILATERAL appointment of the GECOM chair.Now this appointment is governed by Art 162 (2) of the Constitution which states (very clearly, your Eyewitness thought) that the individual would be “appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President” submitted by the Opposition Leader. Now, this procedure worked for the 1992 elections when Rudy Collins was accepted by Desmond Hoyte from the PPP’s list, and then in 1997 when Doodnauth Singh was selected for the 1997 elections from the PNC’s list and again in 2001 when Steve Surujbally took over. David Granger was even on two of the PNC’s list!!But in approving Granger’s unilateralism, one Judge, for instance, threw all of that out of the window!! It’s not just required that the Opposition Leader submit a “list of six”…no siree Bob!…there must now be consultations between him and the President!! “The submission of a list, never mind 18 names and three lists, but without the engagement on their acceptability, separate from the choice, could not have led to a consensual candidate”!! Why? She pronounced that “the manner in which the lists were submitted was not reasonable”!!!Imagine that!! Consensus was reached three times from submission of lists by the Opposition Leader, but suddenly there has to be “engagement”? Well, there has been “engagement” on the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice between the President and the Opposition Leader, but no consensus. What now? It’s OK for the President to unilaterally appoint his choices? Well, for what it’s worth, your Eyewitness thinks this is exactly what Granger will now be doing – because the law has been shown to be an ass!!The present Acting Chancellor’s decision was also inexplicable. Rejecting the President’s expressed position that all six of the OL’s nominees should be “acceptable”, she however said that if more than half of the names are acceptable by the “reasonable man’s test” then the President should pick from the list. Well, shouldn’t this be the “reasonable President” would have acted under the circumstances?And if all three Presidents before Granger picked FROM the names on the OL’s list isn’t that the reasonable thing to do?But then such reasoning assumed the law isn’t an ass, doesn’t it?…with procurement corruptionOctober’s supposed to be “Agriculture Month”, but with the Auditor General’s Report released in this month, over the last three years, it’s become “Corruption Month”!! For a Government that rode into power promising a “clean” Government after accusing its predecessor, the PPP regime, of “siphoning off billions and billions”, the PNC is certainly sticking its hands into the cookie jar! And being caught!! Shameless!!This year’s AG Report is so chock-full of scandals, your Eyewitness just doesn’t know where to begin!! The contractor for the Port Kaituma Doctors’ quarters who received $45 million (72 per cent) of the contract price since 2016 but has only done 28 per cent of the work? So what if the doctors are sleeping in hammocks under trees!! No accounting for the $550 million given to HDI – the “private company” with Roopnaraine – for D’Urban Park? The $112 million in advance payments for works never done in Region 10??We could go on and on…but what’s the point?? How long has the D’Urban Park boondoggle been in the public? What about the $600 million Ansa Pharma scam?Corruption is power; and absolution is now absolute power!!…showing mercy to the Attorney GeneralIs it possible the Appellate Court’s GECOM chair’s decision was to save Basil Williams who’d lost eight cases in a row?Naah! The court threw out his arguments and made up their own!!last_img read more

My music is about unity, says Chandrapaul Nathoo

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratWhen speaking about the impact of music, media mogul Ted Turner brilliantly said: “Music has a great power for bring people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.”No matter what you are experiencing, music has the uncanny ability to help you through that. Particularly when it comes to lifting our spirits or forging a bond with our fellow humans, music is always there. The lyrics speak to the soul and can influence a revolution or make a stone heart melt.At a time when tensions are running amok in the world and even here at home, young Chandrapaul Nathoo is using his gift of making music to soothe our souls and promote unity. He considers himself as one of the most patriotic Guyanese and dreams of a Guyana that is united beyond barriers and he is doing his part to forge that level of unity.The 18-year-old hails from the peaceful village of Albion Front on the Corentyne Coast in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and is the baby of his family. He remembers his childhood as one that was fun-filled, but with great emphasis on acquiring a sound education to propel him into the world of work as a prepared individual.He attended the JC Chandisingh Secondary School and was considered an A student and excelled at his examinations. He sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in 2015 and gained passes in 11 subjects. Apart from gaining a traditional education, Chandrapul actively pursued studies in other areas, including computer science along with Sanskrit and Hindi.During the same period as he was studying for CSEC, he met with his Sanskrit and Hindi Gurus (Teachers), Pandit Shamkumar Ramlochan (Sanskrit Kovida) and Srimate Saroja Ramlochan. Here is where Chandrapaul excelled with a distinction in Sanskrit as well as Hindi. His thirst for higher education became more evident and practical resulting in him joining the Environmental Health programme offered by the Ministry of Public Health. At the end of this programme, Chandrapaul graduated with a distinction in Environmental Health and was also declared the Valedictorian. Upon obtaining his certificate in Environmental Health, he was appointed as a Public Health Inspector with the Regional Administration. To further his education, he was accepted into the University of Guyana (Berbice Campus) to pursue a Diploma in Public Management, an encouragement he gained from his Regional Environmental Health Officer, Marvin Dindyal.During all these occurrences, Chandrapaul was proactively involved in his singing career. He composed Bhajans of his own. In one instance, he composed a Bhajan entitled “Durga Maa”, which he sung in his Mandir during a Navaratri celebration.Gradually, Chandrapaul was motivated to participate in the Guyana Chutney Monarch Competition 2019. Music being no stranger to him, he composed a song entitled “Mash 49”. This song is composed of both English and Hindi Lyrics. “Mash 49” is considered a true patriotic song of Guyana. In this song, Chandrapaul expertly depicts the theme of Mashramani 2019 “Celebrate Mash 49 with victory in mind” as the chorus. His Hindi lyrics “garbhse manaao Mashramani, phirse kojo El Dorado” exactly meant what the theme warranted.A song of three verses reflects the culture of the three major ethnic groups in Guyana. The first verse pays tribute to the arrival of the Amerindians who came from Asia to Guyana bringing with them their food and the word that would eventually become Mashramani. The second verse gives credit to the arrival of Afro-Guyanese who came from Africa to Guyana, bringing with them their musical instruments as well as their Qwe-Qwe Culture. The third verse speaks about the arrival of Indo-Guyanese who came from India to Guyana bringing their musical instruments as well as their festivals and cultures. His concluding line glorifies the National Motto of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”.Chandrapaul having been selected as a semi-finalist in the Guyana Chutney Monarch Competition 2019 is ready to perform among 12 semi-finalists on the same stage. He is optimistic to be crowned the 2019 Chutney Monarch of Guyana.He says that you can look for more music from him as he intends to use his talent to unite his people.last_img read more

Alexander is seeking to mislead the public again

first_imgDear Editor,It is with reluctance that I have penned this response to VincentAlexander’s in your letters column. Once again, Mr Alexander has deliberately caused libellous statements about me to be published.Let me, once and for all, set the records straight because, for now I am interested in the decision of the court. Thereafter, I will address matters incidental thereto:1) I pursued the UG LL.B. degree from 2000 to 2003.2) I was granted the only loan (for the first year), and the expiry repayment date for that loan was 31 August, 2006.3) I was acted against in 2003. The expiry date for repayment had not arrived.4) Neither the University of Guyana nor the Ministry of Finance wrote me on this matter while I was awaiting approval and saw no reasons why there should have been problems as a continuing student.5) N Rheka, (Finance Secretary as he then was) pointed out to me that he saw no reasons why the monies sent by the Ministry of Finance to the University of Guyana omitted payment for me.6) Mr Alexander should not be allowed to confuse the public that there was/is anything other than the above facts.7) Mr Alexander needs to be reminded that he has also libelled me when he wrote and had published that I was involved in the crime of CONSPIRACY when I wrote 20 different exams during the academic years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 and I have ill gained grades!!!8) He cannot wish away the examination attendance slips for each and are now a part of the court’s records.Regards,Clairmonte Cox JPStudent # 00/0850/0207last_img read more

The “blame Jagdeo and the PPP” syndrome (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,After two and a half years into this APNU/AFC Administration, the People’s Progressive Party is still being blamed for everything that goes wrong in Guyana.During the run-up to the 2015 general and regional elections, Guyanese were asked to vote for the Coalition, because they would fix everything that was wrong with the country. The APNU/AFC campaigned on getting rid of corruption and restoring accountability and transparency. They promised to improve the economy and to create jobs for our young people. They also promised to reduce crime and to get rid of the drugs’ trade. But most importantly, they promised every Guyanese the “good life”.They have failed miserably.In his address to the National Assembly a year ago, President Granger said his Administration “entered a depressing financial landscape in May 2015… Economic mismanagement was accompanied by huge debts for unpaid international obligations and court judgements.” He added that the absence of a policy to provide employment opportunities for youth and to reduce extreme poverty, and the failure to energise the manufacturing sector helped to weaken the economy (Guyana Times, October 14, 2016).But compared to the bankrupt economy the PPP inherited from his party, the PNC, in 1992, the APNU/AFC inherited US0 million (G4 billion) in foreign exchange reserves from the PPP/C in May of 2015 (source: the This amount is in addition to the approximately 0 billion this Government inherited in recurring revenues, and the billion from semi-autonomous agencies. In addition, Granger inherited an economy with the lowest debt payment in the entire Caribbean, only 4 per cent, as compared to 153 per cent of revenue that went to service foreign debt in 1992.The new Government inherited an economy that was growing on an average of 4.5 per cent for the preceding eight years.Our President was being less than truthful in his address when he claimed to have inherited a “depressing financial landscape”. For, in fact, the APNU+AFC inherited a buoyant economy, good international reserves, a big revenue base, small debt-servicing, and an inflow of foreign direct investments of about US0 million a year, with ExxonMobil spending hundreds of millions already; and from the two new gold mines that have already started large scale production. The APNU+AFC coalition is yet to attract a single foreign investor.The economic crisis facing the nation and all Guyanese has nothing to do with the PPP. It is the economic mismanagement of the Granger Administration, led by runaway spending, which is responsible.Is the PPP responsible for the 50% pay raise Granger approved for his ministers? Did the PPP increase the amount of Government ministers from 17 under the Ramotar Administration to the 26 ministers now in Government?Is the PPP responsible for setting up new ministries as an astronomical financial burden to the Guyanese taxpayers? And could anyone in their right mind hold the PPP responsible for paying between 0,000 and .5 million for house rentals to accommodate Ministers, and .5 million to rent a drug bond from a PNC financier?But this “blame Jagdeo and the PPP” syndrome is not only propagated by the Government, it is aided and abetted by a few Jagdeo-haters, the likes of Dr David Hinds, Dr Eric Phillips, Lincoln Lewis, Freddie Kissoon and Adam Harris, all of whom have their own ax to grind with the former President and the People’s Progressive Party.You would never hear them giving credit to Jagdeo and the PPP for all the good done for Guyana and the Guyanese people.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Nagamootoo should light a candle for the sugar workers

first_imgDear Editor,The Finance Minister has a favourite expression where he states that his Government has kept the economy growing at an average of three per cent when “most of our neighbours have been facing economic and financial crises, with low, no, or negative growth rates”. But you really have to be disingenuous to celebrate your 2.9 per cent growth with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of US$4456 per annum and compare it to that of Barbados, with their GDP per capita US$16,096 per annum which is growing at an average of 1.6 per cent. If the Minister’s numbers are to be believed, his GDP growth is generating an average of US$129 per year in new wealth for each person in Guyana; while Barbados it is generating US$258 per year. So even at that lower growth rate, the average Barbadian is walking away with twice the amount of new wealth in his pocket. So what really is this Minister talking about?You cannot invent economic well-being with words, it requires progressive public policies continually. When one looks at this 2018 Budget, it lacks strategic depth and will generate more empty rice pots across this country because it is an anti-working class budget and it is an anti-business class budget. If you starve the Private Sector and the workers to feed the political ‘fat cats’, then you are destroying the economy because you are stalling the engine of growth to feed the consumers of growth. How difficult is this to understand, Mr Minister?What this 2018 Budget is lacking is enough executable plans to kick-start the economy but most importantly, it lacks adequate incentives to motivate a people to push themselves to the point that they are more productive and wealth generative. Rather what is the ordinary man observing? He is observing Mr Granger spending hundreds of millions on wasteful project like D’Urban Park (GY$1.5 billion), a Green State House (G$150 million), a Green Prime Minister’s residence (G$100 million), a Government travel and hotel budget (over G$800 million in 2017 and expected to increase in 2018) and so much more in wasteful and reckless spending of taxpayers’ money.So why should the ordinary man work harder when he cannot even get a Christmas bonus? Why should the workers bend their back some more when the ‘fat cats’ in the Administration are enjoying most of the milk? Today there is an army of officials drawing all sorts of perks and cash from the Treasury for doing very little while at the same time, there is no money for the sugar workers.Right now, some 2000 of an expected 7000 sugar workers have been sent home for a dark Christmas. Christmas 2017 will be remembered as a season of infamy for the people in the Berbice area. December 2017 is truly the month to “light a candle” for the sugar workers of Guyana and Granger and Nagamootoo who are today leading the process that is causing the workers to perish today are the responsible people for this economic hardship. They could have delayed the decision by three months and study the options some more; it was the human thing to do. Only animals fire people at Christmas.So Nagamootoo the time is now to borrow Ricky Singh’s words and as we observe this Christmas let us all “Light a Candle” for the Subramanian family and the other 2000 workers who were fired effective December 29, 2017, by your Government.Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Staff at GFC requests truth from Minister Trotman

first_imgDear Editor,The staff at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) are now faced with late payment of salaries, no allowances, and even loss of jobs. The staff was informed in an article in Kaieteur News, dated April 13, 2019, that the Commission is now falling short by up to $1 billion annually to effectively carry out its function and is cash strapped from the closure of many forestry logging and sawmill operations.The GFC staff were informed via the media of plans for the restructuring of the Commission. This restructuring would be in keeping with the Government’s national objective of moving towards a ‘green’ economy and alignment with the green state development strategy.But is this true or is this restructuring an avenue to downscale staff numbers? It does not make sense to us staff that the restructuring is aimed at increasing jobs and salaries when the plans for restructuring only came immediately after it was declared that the Guyana Forestry Commission is bankrupted. So please Minister Trotman, tell us which one is it really? Who will be fired and who gets to stay?Sincerely,T Williamslast_img read more

The story of how APNU/AFC betrayed us

first_imgDear Editor,Everywhere you go in Guyana, people openly talk of how royally APNU/AFC shafted Guyana, with the oil and gas story being just another example of the daily shafting Guyanese get from their own Government. The other day I highlighted that one of the major election issues is sugar.The PPP is on the side of reopening sugar estates and continuing with sugar as a major part of the economy. The other political parties, including APNU/AFC, are on the side of ending sugar. A clear line has been drawn. But another equally important, prominent election issue is how APNU/AFC has victimised and shafted Guyana by giving away Guyana’s considerable oil and gas resources to two oil companies.Every day, Guyanese are being conned, cheated, bamboozled when it comes to our oil and gas resources. One newspaper columnist, Peeping Tom, said it right, Guyanese are being shafted by their own Government. The vast majority of Guyanese get up every morning, go to bed every evening, feeling royally shafted by their Government.It is the reason why the Guyanese people lost confidence in Granger and his APNU/AFC band of charlatans. This same band told Guyanese before the May 2015 elections the PPP lied that one of the oil companies found oil and that a new oil and gas industry will add to Guyana’s economic platform and bring prosperity. Yet, APNU/AFC has spent almost five years telling people that oil prosperity is just around the corner.APNU/AFC did not tell Guyanese we are being shafted with the oil company’s expenses, real or fake, even before the first barrel of oil is produced. We are told now that Guyana already owes the company billions of dollars and that Guyana must begin paying from the get-go. We have to begin payment of this accrued expense with the first barrels that are produced.Each year, after current expenses are deducted, 75 per cent of the remaining revenues will have to go towards paying back the oil company for the accrued expenses. It is only then that profits will be calculated, meaning our share of profits become vastly diminished. If the global oil price drops to US$50 per barrel, Guyana might see little to nothing in the first few years. Do you see why the vast majority of Guyanese agree we have been royally shafted?Even as first oil is days away, Guyanese now realise we have been royally shafted. We are now told that even if the company cheats on their accounting, inflating their expenses, they cannot be penalised. APNU/AFC has paid little attention to the forensic audit of the company’s expenses. But the PPP is vowing to hold Exxon accountable.Bharat Jagdeo at his recent media conference made it clear the expense bills that the oil company and other have submitted so far and those that will be submitted in the future must be thoroughly examined before any payments are made and false submissions will be penalised in accordance with the laws of Guyana.The royal shafting is worse than anyone could imagine. Even though this is already a shameless and repugnant story, it is just a small part of the shafting. The oil company announced the first three-hundred thousand barrels will be kept on the drilling platform to help stabilise it. Every turn, we see that Guyana’s minuscule share is being eaten into. Already, we know that Guyana will only have a 2 per cent royalty from the company (it is even worse, being 1 per cent, with Tullow), compared to 5 to 30 per cent Exxon has with other oil-producing countries. Guyana is now officially the country with the lowest royalty agreement in the world, even though we are the newest oil-producing country. We did not learn from others. Talk about being royally shafted.We are even being shafted with our profits. Initially, Guyanese were told, we would get 50 per cent of the profits after royalty was shared and after current and pre-production expenses were deducted. The current and pre-production expenses before profit are determined will be allowed for up to 75 per cent of the total revenue earnings.After that, Guyana gets 50 per cent of anything determined to be profits. Given that Guyana must also pay all the accrued taxes, both company and income taxes and other taxes, like VAT, Guyana’s share is not really 50 per cent. It is more like 34 per cent. It is even less than that when the duty-free losses we will suffer is taken into consideration.It is terrifying enough that the Granger-led APNU/AFC has unabashedly abused the Constitution and rendered Guyana a dictatorship. Adding salt to Guyana’s painful wounds is the combination of corruption, incompetence and cluelessness. Every single day, we see the utter depravity of APNU/AFC. Every single APNU/AFC official has become involved in small and big corrupt transactions. Their incompetence is unimaginable.How do you sign a contract and not make provisions for, first, forensic auditing of Exxon’s expenses, and, second, to penalise them for false accounting? The cost of auditing them is also a Guyana cost. This falls under both the corruption and incompetence rubric. APNU/AFC is shameless, totally irredeemable, totally devoid of principle. Elections March 2020 is about whether we will allow APNU/AFC to continue shafting us or not.Regards,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

President co-chairs Caricom Heads, UN Secretary General meeting

first_imgUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is flanked by President David Granger (to his right) and Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves (to his left) during the meeting on FridayPresident David Granger on Friday co-chaired a special meeting in New York, which was convened at the request of outgoing United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, with the aim of engaging the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of States on issues affecting countries in the Region and to bid farewell to them ahead of him demitting office in December.The President described the Secretary General as a “great friend of the Caribbean”, noting that during his tenure in office, he attended two Caricom Heads of Government Meetings, which is rare for a UN Secretary General. He reminded that the Secretary General pioneered one of the most important environmental agreements, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) agreement, which would have a significant impact on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).“Most of the Caribbean is made up of islands and, therefore, the threat of rising sea levels and global warming is prominent in terms of their environmental agenda and these are important achievements of Mr Ban Ki-moon’s tenure of Service,” the Guyanese Head of State said.Speaking about the Secretary General’s relationship with Caricom, President Granger said Ban Ki-moon presides over a complex array of services and programmes, particularly through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to address issues such as poverty alleviation, migration, trafficking, governance issues, gender issues, youth and unemployment.“He superintends a very complex network of activities and all of them have been geared to make the quality of life better in the Caribbean, particularly among the Caricom States. We are happy that the UN programme is concerned with women, poverty alleviation, reduction of diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases. These are important areas for intervention by the UN,” the Head of State noted.Regarding the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, President Granger is scheduled to meet with the Secretary General today.The Guyanese Head of State said that given the fact that Ban Ki-moon,with whom Guyana has been engaged over the past years on this matter, will soon be demitting office, the country is not looking to start the process all over again with his successor.“Guyana has come to the conclusion 25-years after the Good Officer’s process has been exhausted and we do not intend to go back there. Our intention is to move forward to a juridical settlement, so once the replacement for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been identified, unless he says something very definitive, it will be our responsibility to engage the new Secretary General to move the process forward from where it is at present, rather than to go back to where we were before,” President Granger posited.He added that through the shuttle diplomacy that had started between Caracas, Georgetown and New York, Guyana is satisfied that by now the Secretary General would have been able to arrive at an assessment of the positions taken by Guyana and Venezuela, so at this point it should just be a matter of making a decision.At Friday’s meeting, six Caricom States addressed the outgoing Secretary General. They were The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. President Granger disclosed that Guyana and Belize spoke about their respective territorial issues; while Haiti raised concerns about the lasting consequences of environmental disaster and about the large number of people who were expelled from the Dominican Republic and are now suffering from a cholera outbreak.Meanwhile, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas and St Vincent and the Grenadines raised issues relating to corresponding banking. President Granger explained that Caribbean countries have been stigmatised as being centres of financial impropriety since their financial transactions are being treated as a block of delinquent States rather than being investigated individually.last_img read more

Caria Caria children feted by President

first_imgPresident David Granger’s toy distribution exercise continued on Monday at Caria Caria Village, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), where close to 100 children were feted.Prisident David Granger distributing toys at Caria CariaThe Head of State explained that his visit was in response to an invitation he received from members of the community who met with him at his office a few months ago. Speaking to those gathered, the President reminded that Christ came into the world as a child under the most humble conditions and as such, since the start of the holiday season, he has been going to various communities around the country to ensure that children are celebrated. He assured Guyanese of the Administration’s love and commitment to children’s well-being, while reminding parents of the importance of keeping their children in school.“Why do we put so much emphasis on education? Because we believe that education is the gateway to equality. Once you are educated, you can become anything you aspire to be, but if drop out of school these things will not be possible,” he said.Residents of the community were also urged to let cooperation and mutual respect for each other guide their actions, not only during this festive season, but throughout the new year as well. “In Guyana, there are more things that unite us than divide us, so let us emphasise the things that bring us together and do not pay attention to the things that drive us apart and the closer we come together, the stronger Guyana will be,” President Granger said.The President also handed over two laptop computers to the Headteacher of the Caria Caria Primary School, Vernie Russell, for instructional and administrative use.last_img read more

Duo busted with illegal firearms, ammo

first_imgThe Police in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank) , acting on intelligence, stopped a motor car on Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara about 12:25h on Thursday and conducted a search during which two illegal weapons (.44 Revolver and a 9mm Pistol) with 11 live matching rounds were found.The two illegal weaponsThe occupants of the vehicle, a 41-year-old resident of Bel Air Park, Georgetown and a 22-year-old resident of North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, were taken into custody and were assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Sophia lad died from drowning, early reports say

first_img– Mother revisited scene of discoveryEight-year-old Isaiah Smartt who was found dead in a swamp near his Block E, Sophia, Greater Georgetown home on Tuesday may have died as a result of drowning.According to a Police source, the lad was found motionless in a drain, which contained about three feet of water. Guyana Times learnt that the boy was clad in a blue raincoat at the time of his demise.Smartt, who attended the FE Pollard Primary School in Kitty, Georgetown, was found around 19:00h by residents. Eyewitnesses say the body was swollen when found which suggested that the lad may have been there for more than 24 hours.This publication was told Wednesday that the area where the lad was found was alongside an unoccupied concrete house, whose former inhabitants were reportedly overseas. This newspaper was later told that the proprietors of the house at the back were relatives of the family who own the unoccupied concrete house. It was, however, claimed that they do not access their home through the yard of the unoccupied house.Guyana Times understands that the lad on Monday afternoon was playing, but after a relative retired to sleep, he was discovered missing. According to reports, Isaiah’s mother, Joycelyn Pickett, was under the impression that the child went to his father’s home and as such, when he did not return home, she did not pay any heed. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pickett learnt that her son had died.On Wednesday, Pickett returned to the scene where her son was discovered, but had to be ushered away to lessen the trauma on recalling seeing her son’s body.The cause of death will soon be determined as the body awaits a post-mortem examination at the Lyken Funeral Home. The family of the boy believes that foul play might have been involved. Isaiah was described as a mannerly child and a great cricketer by those who knew him.Police investigations are continuing.last_img read more

McGinley retires as Europe Ryder captain

first_imgBut while McGinley’s vice-captains included a former European captain in Sam Torrance, McGinley ruled himself out of both that role and leading the team again come the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minnesota. “I don’t think I’d be vice-captain to anybody going forward to be honest,” said the 47-year-old. “I’m very happy to help in an unofficial capacity but I don’t think I have the personality to go back in as vice-captain.“I would like to be able to support the new captain in whatever direction he went, and if I had a belief about a different area, I’m afraid there would be a conflict.”McGinley then made it clear a Ryder Cup career encompassing three wins as a player (2002, 2004 and 2006), two as a vice-captain (2010 and 2012) and one as captain was at an end.“That’s six I have been involved in and six wins,” he said. “Like a heavyweight fighter, I will retire undefeated.” However, McGinley did not rule out the possibility of an unofficial role, similarly to the motivational one he asked former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to play by addressing the team on Tuesday“I would certainly like to play a role, if required, a little bit like Alex Ferguson did this week for me,” he added. “I bounced ideas off him. He didn’t preach to me. He didn’t tell me what to do, but what he did was he solidified my ideas and he gave me confidence that, yeah, my hunches were right,” McGinley explained.“I certainly won’t be pushing myself forward (but) whoever the next captain may be, if he has any questions, I’ll help in any single way I can.”Defeated US captain Tom Watson found himself under fire from senior team member Phil Mickelson, controversially benched for Saturday’s second day, almost as soon as Europe had retained the Ryder Cup with their eighth win in the past 10 contests.McGinley was reluctant to be drawn into the controversy involving Watson, the eight-times major winner whom he cited as his golf “hero”, but pointed to the way in which England’s Ian Poulter, one of the stars of Europe’s 2012 Ryder Cup win, had reacted to his omission on Saturday afternoon as one of the things that had pleased him most as captain. “All along I had thought that Ian Poulter was going to play in the second afternoon, and he thought he was going to play, and at the 11th hour I decided on Martin Kaymer instead and to break up that dynamic of Poulter and (Justin) Rose which has been so successful. That was a big call,” McGinley said.“But the way Ian accepted that decision, I mean, he came out to me on the golf course in the afternoon and he was consoling me. That means more to me than the Ian Poulter banging on his heart and what he did in Medinah.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) – McGinley eyes Ferguson role –center_img 0Shares0000GLENEAGLES, September 29- Victorious European captain Paul McGinley insisted Monday his involvement in the Ryder Cup was at an end, saying that like a good heavyweight boxing champion he wanted to quit with an undefeated record.The Irishman, who led his side to a convincing 16 1/2 points to 11 1/2 win over the United States in the biennial contest following three days of competition at Scotland’s Gleneagles course on Sunday, was widely praised for his work by European team members.last_img read more

Pain-free Tiger Woods ready to get back in swing

first_img0Shares0000Tiger Woods is playing his first US PGA Tour event since missing the cut at last year’s Farmers Insurance Open © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Sean M. HaffeyLA JOLLA, United States, Jan 24 – Tiger Woods, confident that debilitating back pain is behind him, tees off at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday aiming to build himself into a contender once again.“To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again,” the former world number one said as he prepared to play his first US PGA Tour event in a year — and just his second since August of 2015. Last year’s much-anticipated comeback ground to a halt in February, and Woods had spinal fusion surgery in April.He says this year’s return is different, since instead of managing his pain he is now playing pain-free for the first time in years.“It feels good to go out there and practice, it feels good not to have a burning sensation going down my leg into my foot or collapse when I’m walking, things of that nature,” Woods said. “I haven’t felt this good in years.”Woods tees off at 10:40 a.m. (18:40 gmt) alongside Charley Hoffman and Patrick Reed on Torrey Pines’ South Course.Caddy Joe LaCava hands Tiger Woods a club on the fourth tee during the pro-am round of the Farmers Insurance Open, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, on January 24, 2018 © GETTY/AFP / Sean M. HaffeyThat’s where he claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles, at the 2008 US Open.Since then his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors has stalled, and even if his health holds up it remains to be seen if he will have the game to beat the young stars who have risen in his absence.That includes 23-year-old Spaniard Jon Rahm, the defending champion who supplanted Jordan Spieth as number two in the world with a win on Sunday in the CareerBuilder Challenge and could replace Dustin Johnson as world number one with a victory.“A lot of names I haven’t seen, I haven’t played with, I haven’t seen their games,” Woods said. “We’ll see.”Woods said he’s been able to play six days a week at home.But tournament play on the North and South courses at Torrey Pines, where dense rough lines the fairways and the greens were already firm early in the week, will be a different challenge, even for a player who has won eight times at Torrey.Woods said the last time golf seemed “easy” was in 2013 — when he won five times on the USPGA Tour to take his tally of titles to 79.Not coincidentally, he hasn’t won since.“There are times when it is easy to go out there and shoot 65s, I just need to get my game to where it’s like that again,” Woods said.“A lot of the guys have been playing well, have been playing a lot and they’re seasoned. I know this is early in the year, but they’re seasoned already and I’m not.“I’m not there yet,” added Woods, who says he is building towards the Masters, where he has won four green jackets but hasn’t played since 2015. “But I’ll get some tournaments under my belt and keep progressing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Injera eyes Cora’s World Series top-try record

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Sevens vice captain Collins Injera when the team arrived from Vancouver 7s on Thursday night, March 18, 2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, March 18 – With four rounds remaining before the end of the 2016 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Kenya 7s star Collins Injera is confident of surpassing Argentinean Santiago Gomez Cora in the all-time World leading try scorer list.Injera grounded his 221st historic try at the sixth leg in Vancouver 7s to leapfrog England’s Ben Gollings who is on 220 tries. Speaking when the team arrived on Thursday night from Canada, Injera outlined that his biggest aim is not to achieve the huge feat, but assisting the team achieve their top five finish target in the series.“It is a great feat individually. It is an amazing thing and it shows how far we have come as a team and how far I have come. When I started this journey back in 2006 my aim was to be the top try scorer in the world. Maybe then it was just a dream but now it’s achievable.”“To be honest I didn’t focus scoring that try. I just wanted to play and help my team win and after the game is when I realized that I had surpassed the guy,” the 29-year-old winger affirmed.He added, “The focus is on the team now. I’ll continue playing my role and if I get to the top try scorer list, it will be a bonus that’s after I have helped my team succeed. I believe anything is possible.”His captain Andrew Amonde has tipped him to achieve the feat, saying he deserves it after working hard throughout his hugely decorated career.“He is capable of achieving it this year. He is a guy who has been scoring in every tour and he is a big motivation to this team. Seeing him achieve his goal is a big inspiration to the young players coming up,” Amonde told Capital Sport.Kenya 7s captain, Collins Injera, celebrates scoring a try against South Africa’s Blitzbokke at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, December 12, 2015. PHOTO/World RugbyApart from eying a historical milestone, Injera who was handed his debut by current head coach Benjamin Ayimba at the 2006 Dubai Sevens, is also putting much of his energy and focus in the Olympic Games where the shorter version of the game will be debuting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.“There is a lot of motivation to make our game plan work in every tour because we are building up for Olympics. New players are being given an opportunity to play and by doing this they are being exposed to competition.”“The momentum in these four remaining legs will be very important in giving us a lift to the Olympics,” Injera, the younger brother of veteran and former Kenya 7s skipper, Humphrey Kayange pointed out.The team will go for a mandatory 10-day rest before resuming training with their sights set on the Hong Kong and Singapore tours coming up in April.In Hong Kong, Kenya has been drawn in a tricky Pool A alongside titans New Zealand, Samoa and France.Kenya stunned New Zealand 22-0 in Las Vegas but did not fare well in Vancouver where they picked only one point, having managed to win only one match in five games.In Vancouver, Shujaa faced Samoa in the preliminary round, losing 26-19 before falling 24-21 to France in the Bowl quarter-finals.“In Vancouver we didn’t perform well and we were really hit with injuries. Things didn’t work out for us and from there we struggled to get back the tempo.”“In Hong Kong and Singapore, we want to win the first game against New Zealand which will put us in a good position to qualify for the quarters,” the Mwamba RFC player underscored.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I will do justice to the shirt, vows Ambaka

first_img“Anytime you are called up to the national team you are always pleased because it is a great opportunity. I feel pleased to be starting but I must thank the boys because they have really helped me to settle in and I am looking forward to making my debut,” the Kenya Harlequins player added.Snook said he was impressed with Ambaka in training especially his desire to do well and is confident his decision to throw him into his starting 15 will be vindicated against Tunisia.Kenya Simbas skipper Davis Chenge during training at the RFUEA Ground on August 10, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAmbaka’s biggest target as he sets his feet into the Simbas will be to help the side qualify for next year’s World Cup in Japan.“We are taking it a game at a time but definitely my biggest ambition is to play a role in helping the team qualify for the World Cup. We have a good group of players, very talented and I know if we put in the hard work, we will make it,” he added.The winger also notes it will not be tough for him to adapt to the longer version of the game.“I don’t think it matters where you are playing 15s or 7s. Rugby is almost the same across the board. You just have to be fit and give your all,” he noted.Kenya will be looking for a fourth consecutive Gold Cup victory, one that will all but certainly put them closer to earning the lone ticket to the World Cup heading into the final game against Namibia in Windhoek.Kenya Simbas coach Ian Snook during training at the RFUEA Ground on August 10, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaCaptain Davis Chenge has called on the charges to ensure they give their all and not take Tunisia lightly despite beating them for 100 the last time they played.“We are well prepared physically and mentally. We know what we are facing a tough team tomorrow and we will not take them lightly. They have had big losses against Namibia and Uganda and they will be coming in here like wounded lions to fight for their lives,” Chenge said.He added; “We will need to get maximum points from this game to ensure that by the time we play with Namibia next weekend, we have a chance of qualification to the World Cup.”The same sentiments have been shared by head coach Ian Snook who has urged the players not to be complacent, pointing out Tunisia pose a bigger danger.“We watched their game against Zimbabwe and obviously they have some talent there. We need to be in our element and watch out we don’t give them a sniff of the ball which will give them some confidence. We need to work well on and off the ball. We have worked on our defense a bit which was a weakness in the other three games,” the tactician said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Simbas winger Willy Ambaka during training at the RFUEA Ground on August 10, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10- Ahead of earning his maiden competitive cap for the national 15s side on Saturday, Kenya Sevens star Willy Ambaka has vowed to do justice to the shirt and translate the same form he has had in the shorter version of the game.Ambaka’s last involvement with the Simbas was in 2014 where he only managed to play a friendly match against Western Province. He has trained with the Simbas for the past one month and head coach Ian Snook saw him fit enough to start at wing on Saturday against Tunisia.last_img read more

Three things learned from England v South Africa

first_imgFarrell’s steady hands integral to England victoryOwen Farrell’s value to England was encapsulated in the first-half not only landing two long range penalties to keep them in touch but also in making some important clearing kicks in what was only his third start under Eddie Jones at fly-half. The 27-year-old also was alert enough to gather a line out ball from Malcolm Marx’s loose throw in close to the England line. His calmness at fly-half steadied those less experienced heads around him and took the sting out of his opponents. His late block on Andre Esterhuizen could have been costly but his relief was evident as he pumped his fist on the referee declaring the tackle to be legal.Boks miss Le Roux and de KlerkThe spotlight was on how Damian Willemse, making his full debut, at fullback, and Ivan van Zyl, at scrum-half, would fare instead of the dashing Willie Le Roux and world player of the year nominee Faf de Klerk, both the England-based players ruled out of this match as it falls outside the Test window. Van Zyl will not have given de Klerk much to worry about — he was watching from a hospitality suite — in terms of competition as he was solid without being spectacular linking well enough with fly-half Handre Pollard. Willemse, 20, showed up well in taking an early high ball well and produced some deft touches with the boot. He proved a livewire in attack too linking up nicely with wing Aphiwe Dyantyi early in the second-half. However, the Springboks badly lacked the experience and energy of the absent duo as the game wore on and Willemse especially started to allow errors creep into his game.England’s green backrow stoic in defenceMuch was made of the difference in caps between the South African back row and their English opponents — over 100 to around 10 — but it didn’t make a jot of difference to the latter who showed little respect for the opposing trio, with Tom Curry and Mark Wilson especially impressive in the first half. Their defensive work kept the Springboks at bay particularly when Maro Itoje was sin-binned in the 16th minute. Their stoic defence also induced several handling errors. It said it all about the lack of experience available to Jones in the back row that when Curry limped off early in the second-half he was replaced by debutant Zach Mercer. However, Mercer too impressed and a job well done was summed up when South Africa captain and flanker Siya Kolisi was removed from the fray with 15 minutes remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England ground out a gritty 12-11 victory over South Africa largely thanks to the steady Owen Farrell and some stoic defence by an inexperienced back row © AFP / Adrian DENNISTWICKENHAM, United Kingdom, Nov 3 – England ground out a gritty 12-11 victory over South Africa in their one-off rugby union Test on Saturday at Twickenham.AFP Sport picks out three things learned from the match:last_img read more

Eight-way fight and a failed gamble: Super Rugby talking points

first_img0Shares0000Back after eight weeks: Waikato Chiefs’ Brodie Retallick (centre), seen here offloading in a tackle against Japan’s Sunwolves in March © AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEYWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jun 13 – Brief stories from this week’s final round of Super Rugby regular season matches:– Playoff picture clear as mud – Super Rugby’s ever-changing format and the soon-to-be-scrapped conference system have thrown up a dizzying range of permutations for when the playoffs begin.Going into this weekend’s final round of fixtures, the four top teams — Canterbury Crusaders, Jaguares, ACT Brumbies and Wellington Hurricanes — are guaranteed home quarter-finals.But eight teams can still make the last four berths in the most open regular season finale in recent memory.Only Northern Bulls, currently fifth, are guaranteed to finish somewhere in the top eight.So it promises to be a nail-biting weekend for fans of the Golden Lions, Western Stormers, Melbourne Rebels, Coastal Sharks, Waikato Chiefs, Otago Highlanders and NSW Waratahs who all are in the running for the other three slots.– Retallick raring to go –All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick returns from injury to face the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday in a must-win match if the Chiefs are to snatch an unlikely playoff place.The Hamilton-based side looked out of contention a month ago but a late-season surge, including a comeback victory over the table-topping Crusaders, has put them in with a chance.The addition of flanker Sam Cane, who missed most of the season with a broken neck, has also played a big part in their revival.“It’s about time, eh?” said the 75-Test All Black, who was sidelined for two months with a wrist injury. “It’s been a long eight weeks. I’m definitely excited to get back.”– Wallaby-less Waratahs –The NSW Waratahs’ gamble of playing all their Wallabies up to the penultimate game of the season didn’t pay off, with the Sydney-based side needing a miracle to extend their season.Sitting out: Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is among five Australia internationals who must be rested this week under World Cup year policy © AFP / Christiaan KotzeThey need the unlikely combination of a bonus-point victory against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday and other results to go their way.And they will have to do it without Wallabies Michael Hooper, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale who must all be rested under Rugby Australia policy for a World Cup year.It means high-pressure first starts for fly-half Mack Mason and Alex Newsome, who will wears the number 15 shirt for the first time in Super Rugby.“They’ve been waiting patiently,” coach Daryl Gibson said. “I’ve been very consistent with putting out pretty much the same team every week and these guys are really energised and enthusiastic.”– Unreal for Rebels –It’s do or die for the Melbourne Rebels who must beat the Chiefs on Friday to make the playoffs for the first time.Playoffs are an “unreal experience” says Rebels’ Will Genia © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU“For the Rebels who have never played in finals football and for a lot of guys who were in other Super Rugby provinces in years gone by that haven’t played in finals, it’s just such an unreal experience,” said scrum-half Will Genia.Only Genia, Quade Cooper and Matt Toomua among the Rebels have experienced Super Rugby finals action.“We understand that we’re in a position now where if we win this game, we’re playing finals footy and we’re creating history for the club,” Genia said.– Kwagga blow for Lions –The Golden Lions’ hopes of going one step further than the last three seasons and winning Super Rugby have received a massive blow with the loss of Kwagga Smith.Season over: Injured Lion Kwagga Smith © AFP / Christiaan KotzeThe loose forward injured a hamstring early in a heavy home loss to the Hurricanes last weekend and is not expected to play again this season.The versatility of Smith — he can play in any back-row position — has led some pundits to push for his inclusion in the Springboks World Cup squad.“This is a huge blow and could not have come at a worse time,” said coach Swys de Bruin ahead of a daunting final-round derby at the Bulls.The 2016, 2017 and 2018 runners-up lie sixth in the combined standings and if they lose for a second time this season to the fifth-placed Bulls, could miss out on the quarter-finals.– Du Preez tactics under fire –Sharks coach Robert du Preez is under fire again from the media, with a senior columnist saying the team rely exclusively on physicality when seeking victories.Writing in Business Day, Gavin Rich said: “The other three local Super Rugby teams look like they have at least a semblance of a game plan.“But the Sharks’ need for physical dominance as the starting point for anything to work is taken to the extreme.”Previously slammed for poor substitutions and favouring his off-form son, fly-half Robert jnr, Du Preez lashed back at critics, labelling them “cockroaches” and “ill-informed”.Although the Sharks are ninth overall and last in the South African conference, they will secure a quarter-finals slot if they beat the injury-ravaged Stormers in Cape Town.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Toure double lifts City to historic win

first_imgDespite leading the way in the Premier League, City made a slow start in Europe but now with home and away victories over Villarreal, who are yet to pick up a point, they have moved up to seven points, two more than Napoli who lost to leaders Bayern Munich who have ten.City’s chances of progressing are in their own hands with a match away to Napoli and then finally they entertain Bayern in Manchester.Toure, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009, put City ahead after 30 minutes and then Mario Balotelli added a second from the penalty spot in first half injury time.City always looked a class above their Spanish rivals and Toure sealed the win on 70 minutes.“This win puts us second which is very important with two matches to go. I think that we are on top of the situation,” said City manager Roberto Mancini.“It was an excellent win which started off with the first goal. Before that the game was quite even and we found it difficult to break down their defence. The second goal was crucial as it was a big blow for them and helped us to close the game.“We are now a lot better. The team is growing and we need to continue this way and continue to look for bigger goals.”Despite the comprehensive defeat Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido backed his players.“They gave the best that they could. We were without a lot of players but more important than anything was that we showed the right attitude and the team will overcome this,” he said.“There is still a long way to go in this season and we have plenty of aims ahead of us. We will try and get six points from the remaining games in the Champions League and then in the (Spanish) league we want to be up at the top.” Villarreal have had a disappointing start to the season due in part to an injury crisis and their win at the weekend over Rayo Vallecano was their first in eight games.Hernan Perez tested City keeper Joe Hart from distance in the opening minutes but the visitors quickly began to dominate in the middle of the pitch as Villarreal seemed happy to sit back and counter-attack.The plan seemed to be working as City, who had Balotelli as a lone striker, were kept away from dangerous areas while youngster Joselu Moreno, making his Champions League debut, failed to latch onto a lofted ball over the City defence when he might have done better.In-form David Silva began to exert more of an influence on the game and hit a free-kick against the wall after being upended by Wakaso Mubarak on the edge of the area.City had not created a clear-cut chance before Toure put them ahead on the hour mark with a finish that was made far too easy by the Villarreal defence.Receiving the ball from Silva he was given time inside the box to set himself up and fire past keeper Diego Lopez and then City went into the break with a two-goal cushion after Mateo Musacchio pulled back Balotelli in the box.It was Balotelli who coolly dispatched the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.Balotelli and Silva continued to trouble the Villarreal backline in the second-half and City added a third with 20 minutes to go through Toure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VILLARREAL, Spain, November 3 – A brace from Toure Yaya helped Manchester City cruise to a 3-0 victory away to Villarreal in Champions League Group A on Wednesday and give them a fighting chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages.It was City’s first away win in either the Champions League or its predecessor the European Cup.last_img read more

Rooney buys racehorse

first_imgSharesLONDON, England December 20 – Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has become the latest English footballer to take up a direct involvement in racing by buying a horse set to go into training with Tom Dascombe.Dascombe’s yard in Cheshire has been backed financially by Rooney’s United team-mate and fellow England forward Michael Owen, whose Brown Panther was the stable’s star during this year’s English flat season, with the colt winning at Royal Ascot.“I can confirm that Wayne and Coleen (Rooney’s wife) have bought a horse,” a spokesman for Dascombe said Monday. “I can’t confirm all the details as yet as it’s very early stages.“He’s been down here and obviously liked what he saw and he’s bought a yearling to go into training with us next year.”There have long been a number of links between English football and horse racing with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson one of several owners who are, or have been, involved in soccer.But the best known example of a footballer enjoying success in horse racing is Mick Channon.A good enough forward to score 21 goals in 46 England appearances during the 1970s, Southampton great Channon has since become one of English flat racing’s leading trainers with the 63-year-old saddling several Group One winners.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Abedi Pele laments missing giants

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 18 – African football legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew says the absence of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa from the 2012 Cup of Nations saddens him.Egypt won the last three tournaments in the biennial continental showpiece and the five countries boast 15 titles between them in a championship that has been staged 27 times since its 1957 debut in Khartoum.All failed to make Gabon and Equatorial Guinea for the January 21-February 12 tournament after a shock-riddled qualifying competiton that ended with no-hopers Botswana and Niger making the finals for the first time. “It is sad, really sad,” said former Ghana midfielder Pele with a sigh as he reflected on the missing giants, “because these are big-name football countries who bring excitement to the game throughout Africa.”“If you defeat Mauritania to win the Cup of Nations it will not be the same as defeating Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria or South Africa to win it,” said the 1991-1993 African Footballer of the Year who helped Marseille conquer Europe.“Having said that, a trophy is a trophy. If you are able to lift the Cup of Nations it means you have worked hard for it and you have sacrificed so much,” stressed the Accra-based businessman and football club owner.Where Pele and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger differ is the effect the absence of record seven-time African champions Egypt and the other four countries will have.“There are going to be a lot of surprises in this tournament because the teams who have qualified are not going to central Africa for a holiday,” said the father of Ghana squad midfielders Andre and Jordan Ayew.“With the absence of some great countries, the small nations want to beat the big ones. Botswana and Niger will target the likes of Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal.”Wenger considers an Ivory Coast squad boasting a galaxy of stars including Manchester City midfielder and 2011 African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure overwhelming favourites.“Ivory Coast are hot favourites because they have an incredible line-up with English Premier League stars like Yaya, Cheik Tiote and Gervinho in the middle of the park.“Nobody else has qualified — Algeria are not there, Cameroon are not there, Egypt are not there and Nigeria are not there,” said Wenger, a keen follower of African football.The Arab Spring and blind loyalty to ageing stars contributed to the failure of Egypt while South Africa came second in the same group behind Niger partly because they thought a draw against Sierra Leone would suffice when a win was needed.Algeria started badly by taking just one point of a possible six off Tanzania and Central African Republic and despite changing coaches twice never regained the initiative in a mini-league won by Morocco.A Cameroon side hampered by player cliques conceded a stoppage-time goal to lose at resurgent Senegal and captain Samuel Eto’o missed a penalty when they drew the return match.Nigeria trailed Guinea from the first round and squandered a chance to squeeze through as one of best runners-up when they conceded an equaliser to the table-toppers deep in additional time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Favourites US, Japan win openers

first_imgIn Coventry, Nahomi Kawasumi gave Japan a 33rd minute lead after finishing a slick passing move with a powerful shot from an acute angle.Then a blunder by Canada keeper Erin McLeod, who failed to collect a cross, allowed Japan captain Aya Miyama to head into an unguarded net as the ‘Nadeshiko’ doubled their lead before half-time.However, Canada’s Chrisrine Sinclair insisted: “You can’t blame Erin. We let them get in there in the first place. She has saved us enough times in the past and we don’t blame her for that goal.”Canada pulled a goal back through Melissa Tancredi early in the second half but couldn’t force an equaliser in this Group F clash.At Hampden, reigning Olympic champions the United States found themselves 2-0 down inside 15 minutes, Gaetane Thiney firing Les Bleus ahead with a long-range effort that left USA keeper Hope Solo groping at thin air.Moments later Marie-Laure Delie made it 2-0, capitalising on hesitant USA defending before bludgeoning in from eight yards.But the greater physicality of the United States, bidding for their fourth Olympic title in five attempts since 1996, began to tell and veteran striker Abby Wambach got them back into the game when she powered in a far-post header from a corner.Alex Morgan then latched onto a Solo clearance to level at 2-2 and in the second half it was one-way traffic with Carli Lloyd lashing in a shot from distance to make it 3-2 before Morgan added her second to make the points safe.“I have a lot of respect for France, they’re a great team,” said a relieved Lloyd.Great Britain, playing their first ever Olympic women’s football match, got their London Games off to a winning start in Wales on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over New Zealand.Two days before the Olympics officially open in the capital, Arsenal Ladies defender Stephanie Houghton scored the only goal of the game with a neatly-executed free-kick after 64 minutes.In a match played in bright sunshine but in front of a sparse crowd at the 75,000-capacity Millennium Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby, Britain were just about worthy winners.Houghton buried a 25-yard free-kick with a curling effort over the wall and past Jenny Bindon in the Kiwi goal.“It was something special and I’m sure my family are really proud. I don’t think it will sink in for a while,” said Houghton.RESULTSGroup EGreat Britain 1 New Zealand 0Cameroon 0 Brazil 5At CoventryGroup FJapan 2 Canada 1At GlasgowGroup GUSA 4 France 20Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 26 – The United States and Japan, the two favourites for women’s football gold, both made winning starts on Wednesday as hosts Great Britain also enjoyed a victory in the first fixture of the 2012 Olympic Games.Japan, bidding to add the Olympic title to the World Cup they won by beating the USA on penalties in the final in Germany last year, defeated Canada 2-1 in Coventry, central England but the Americans had to come from 2-0 down to beat France 4-2 at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium.last_img read more

Cavani joins PSG in record French transfer

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France 17th July – Edinson Cavani was on Tuesday officially unveiled as Paris Saint-Germain’s latest mega-signing, the striker joining the French champions for a Ligue 1 record 64 million euros ($84 million) from Napoli.The 26-year-old Uruguay international, Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals, has joined Laurent Blanc’s expensively-assembled Qatari-backed side on a five-year contract. The deal makes Cavani the fourth most expensive player in history, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 for 94 million euros, Zinedine Zidane and Kaka.The previous highest French transfer was set earlier this year, when Colombia forward Radamel Falcao signed for Monaco from Atletico Madrid for a figure estimated at nearly 60 million euros.“I’d like to thank everyone who made this transfer possible, it’s a great project,” a delighted Cavani, nicknamed ‘the Matador’, told a press conference.“I’d also like to thank the people in Napoli who went out of their way to make it possible,” added the player who arrived in Europe in 2007 on a near five million euro move to play for Palermo.“I come here with lots of joy, lots of confidence, lots of hunger and lots of motivation to win major trophies,” he said.“My message to everyone in this city and to the (PSG) fans is that I’m here with an enormous appetite to reach these aims.”Elaborating on why he chose PSG Cavani commented: “It’s a very rich and very ambitious project, and I’m like that too. It’s going to help me grow as a player.“This club is one of the top sides in the world, it’s one of a group of sides that can win the Champions League.”Sitting alongside him was PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi who said: “Everyone wanted him, but today he signed for us.“He was the highest scorer in Italy, I hope he’s going to do even better for us this season.”Al-Khelaifi went on to single out the club’s outgoing sporting director Leonardo for his instrumental role in securing the services of the Serie A sharpshooter.“A big thank you to ‘Leo’, he’s done a great job here for the past two years,” Al Khelaifi told the press conference to announce the headline deal.This was the Brazilian’s final act in his post before resigning from PSG as a result of the season-long ban he received this month for pushing a referee after PSG’s league game against Valenciennes on May 5.Leonardo, 43, was pivotal not only in Cavani’s arrival at the Parc des Princes but also the capture from Napoli’s Serie A rivals AC Milan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.PSG’s previous club record signing was Lucas Moura, the attacking midfielder who joined in January from Sao Paulo in a deal worth a reported 45 million euros.With former coach Carlo Ancelotti, Leonardo used his Italian contacts to also raid Italy for the likes of goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, defensive midfielder Marco Verratti, attacking midfielder Javier Pastore and forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.Cavani’s signing comes after a turbulent close season for PSG with Leonardo’s costly brush with authority and the protracted search – Blanc was far from top of their wish list – for a new coach to replace Ancelotti after the Italian’s move to Real Madrid.Yet despite all that Al-Khelaifi, whose consortium has splashed out 315 million euros on players since taking over the club in 2011, insisted PSG’s future was bright.“The arrival of Cavani proves the continuity of our project to make PSG the best club in Europe,” he insisted.Cavani will have the chance to start repaying his new owners’ faith in him when PSG kick off their title defence against Montpellier on August 9.AFP’s list of the five most expensive players of all time:1. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR):94 million euros from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 20092. Zinedine Zidane (FRA):75 million euros from Juventus to Real Madrid in 20013. Kaka (BRA):67.2 million euros from AC Milan to Real Madrid in 20094. Edinson Cavani (URU):64 million euros from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain in 20135. Luis Figo (POR):61.7 million euros from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 20000Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gunners legend Adams meets Kagame

first_img0Shares0000KIGALI, Rwanda, May 6- Arsenal legend and captain; Tony Adams has promised to be Rwanda’s ambassador in the development of football and sports in general after paying a visit to President Paul Kagame at State House, Kigali.Adams was in Rwanda on a mission to inspire youngsters into becoming football greats like him and close the one-week ‘Arsenal Soccer Clinic’ for U17 footballers from different African countries. Speaking to reporters shortly after meeting the President, Adams, who is in Rwanda for a three-day visit; extolled Kagame’s role in the development of football in the country and Africa.“We talked about football, Arsenal and the Emirates…..we also talked about what we are doing here, about developing young talent and giving them opportunities to rise as stars,” Adams said.“He reminded me a lot about the late Nelson Mandela; he is humble and full of humility and it’s remarkable what he has done for this country. I think Rwandans feel so lucky to have such a great President and leader.”The former Arsenal skipper and England defender presented a personalised Arsenal jersey from Manager, Arsene Wenger, to President Kagame in recognition of his contribution to sports and football, and also for being a prominent Arsenal fan.Adams was accompanied by the Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali and Airtel Managing Director Teddy Bhullar.Mitali explained that activities of the Arsenal Clinic Football Academy aim at nurturing future football stars and that President Kagame had commended the efforts.“Adams explained to the President the mission of the Airtel-sponsored Arsenal Clinic. The President thanked him as well as Airtel’s role in the development of youth football,”said Mitali.“We are optimistic that this initiative will improve the standards of football in the country.” Mitali added that Tony Adams agreed to be Rwanda’s ambassador, not only in Arsenal but elsewhere across the world, so as to develop the sport.“He was also happy with the way our country has improved in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and after visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, we believe this trip will leave him with a big lesson,” added Mitali.Adams who jets out back to England, launched the ‘Coach the Coaches’ session for selected local coaches at Ferwafa Turf yesterday alongside UEFA-certified Arsenal Coaches; Nathan Asare and Rupen Shah.Airtel’s partnership with Arsenal is part of a three year sponsorship and mobile content agreement deal that allows select Airtel operations to tap into the football club’s deep reservoir of technical resources and youth development expertise.Adams, who played for the Gunners for 22 years and captained them for 14 years, winning over 10 major trophies including three league titles, is Arsenal’s second football ambassador to visit Rwanda.Last year, former defender Lauren Etame Mayer was in Kigali for the same program.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bayern steamroller goes 10 points clear

first_imgAfter suffering their first defeat of the season at Manchester in the Champions League on Tuesday, their first loss in 23 games, this was a no-frills performance from the defending champions to preserve their unbeaten Bundesliga record.“Perhaps the players were tired after playing 70 minutes with ten men in Manchester,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola in Berlin, referring to Mehdi Benatia’s first-half dismissal in City.“I was happy with the first half performance, but we can improve on the second.”Bayern went ahead at Berlin’s chilly Olympic Stadium when Mario Goetze played Thomas Mueller into the area before Robben hit the top left-hand corner from 17 metres out with 27 minutes gone.“A 1-0 win can happen and we can’t always play well,” said Robben.“The second-half wasn’t good, but at least we took three points.”With six months left of the season, Bayern’s march to their third straight Bundesliga title looks virtually unstoppable once again.At the other end, Borussia Dortmund, who are at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, dropped back to the bottom of the table after both Werder Bremen and Stuttgart picked up wins.Werder Bremen’s 4-0 hammering of Paderborn and VfB Stuttgart’s 4-1 win at Freiburg on Friday saw them both leap-frog Dortmund.Bremen moved up to 14th as caretaker coach Viktor Skripnik picked up his fourth win in five games since taking over from the fired Robin Dutt as Zlatko Junuzovic, Davie Selke, Fin Bartels and Levent Aycicek scored.Both Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen roared back from midweek Champions League defeats by claiming heavy wins to go sixth and third respectively.Schalke responded to their 5-0 Champions League thrashing by Chelsea with a 4-1 hammering of Mainz at home with Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar claiming a hat-trick.Netherlands international Huntelaar fired Schalke into a 2-0 lead after just 25 minutes with two superb goals before Japan striker Shinji Okazaki pulled one back for the visitors.But the Royal Blues made sure of the three points when Huntelaar’s final pass was curled home by Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta on 54 minutes.The Dutchman completed his hat-trick when he slammed home Eric-Choupo Moting’s final pass on 61 minutes.Bayer Leverkusen put their Champions League defeat at home to Monaco behind them with a 5-1 comeback win at the BayArena against Cologne in the Rhine derby as both Josip Drmic and Karim Bellarabi scored twice.Hakan Calhanoglu added his team’s other goal.Bellarabi, Huntelaar and Okazaki, along with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier and Bayern Munich’s Mario Goetze, have all claimed seven goals this season with all five as the league’s joint top-scorers.Later on Saturday, Hanover 96 have the chance to break into the top four when they face Hoffenheim away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BERLIN, November 29- Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin to recover from their midweek defeat at Manchester City.With their nearest rivals Wolfsburg facing Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday, Arjen Robben’s first-half goal in Germany’s capital was enough to give Bayern their 10th league win of the season in 13 games.last_img read more

Guardiola backing Barca to win Berlin final

first_img0Shares0000Bayern’s head coach Pep Guardiola (L), gives a ball to Barcelona’s Luis Suarez during the soccer Champions League second leg semifinal match between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona at Allianz Arena in Munich.MUNICH, May 13- Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is now backing his ex-club Barcelona to win the Champions League after his Bavarian giants bowed out 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals.Guardiola’s Bayern exited at the last-four stage for the second year running, despite ending Barcelona’s 18-game unbeaten run with a 3-2 semi-final, second-leg win in Munich. Bayern were given an early glimmer of hope in their bid to overturn a three-goal deficit in Munich when the unmarked Medhi Benatia headed home on seven minutes at the Allianz Arena.But Barca effectively booked their place in the Berlin final on June 6 when Luis Suarez twice set up Neymar to score for the visitors before half an hour had been played.Bayern produced a rousing second-half performance with goals by Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller, but Barcelona advance to face either bitter rivals Real Madrid or Juventus in the final.Having won 16 titles as a player, then a further 14 in four years as head coach at the Camp Nou, Guardiola is backing Barcelona to claim their first European crown since 2011 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on June 6.“I want to congratulate my players, I am really happy to be their manager on a day like today,” said Guardiola, as Bayern denied Barcelona a first win in Munich at the fifth attempt.“But I hope Barcelona can now win their fifth Champions League title in Berlin.“You can only beat Barcelona when you take the ball away from them, with it they are so strong.“We didn’t make the most of our chances in the first leg, but here we did.“It wasn’t enough at the end of the day, but there you go.“I hope the Spanish league has the rights to be screened in Germany soon, so that fans here can appreciate what a good player Lionel Messi is on a regular basis.“He was a pleasure to coach when I was at Barcelona and he has demonstrated yet again what he can do.”The win over Barcelona ended Bayern’s four-match losing streak since winning the German league title for the 25th time a fortnight ago.“We won four titles last season, this year we have just one, but it has been a tough season with lots of injuries and despite that, my players still attacked at every opportunity,” enthused Guardiola.Bayern’s come-back win demonstrated how much they wanted to reach an 11th European Cup final, but it was too little, too late, after their emphatic first-leg defeat.“We believed in the miracle, but we couldn’t make it happen,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.“It’s impossible to stop those Barcelona players for the whole 90 minutes.“We didn’t lose it today, but in the first leg.”Goal-scorer Mueller was a constant threat to the Barcelona defence and made good on his pre-match promise that Bayern would fight until the final whistle.“We played a really great game in the first half but we’ve made two mistakes in defence and have been too wasteful with our chances,” said Mueller.“That’s very annoying.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Canada’s energy future secure, says NEB

first_imgOverall, the report suggests Canadians will continue to have enough energy supply, with growth in emerging fuels and technoligies. The high level of growth is attributed to the emergence of unconventional production as the dominant source of supply growth. That includes the expected increased oil sands production, oil-directed drilling and hydraulic fracturing, and shale gas development in B.C. and Alberta. As many shale gas plays in Alberta are still included in the conventional category, the report says with further development those could increase future projections. The report also estimates that energy demand growth will slow down. According to the NEB, that demand grew 1.4 per cent per year from 1990 to 2008, but will slow to 1.3 per cent per year over the projection period. The reasons for the decline include slowing population growth, population growth, higher energy prices, slowed down economic growth and enhanced efficiency and conservation programs.- Advertisement – Lastly, the report predicts that changes in supply and demand will impact trade and infrastructure. Oil sands production and growing petroleum product demand is expected to more than triple the net crude oil able to be exported. In addition, Canada’s growing demand for natural gas will reduce the natural gas available for export to other countries. The findings of the report are based on consultations held across the country last spring, as well as analysis by the NEB.  Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“Peter Pan” screening, 2 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. Call (310) 825-8101. Animals Around the World program, 2 p.m., Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 650 W. 5th St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 228-7000. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Verdugo Hill Doll Club Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. Cost: $5. Call (323) 939-1482. “Dance With Our Stars” exhibition, 1 p.m., Kumaras Center for the Arts & Etiquette, 1616 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Free. Reservations: Call (818) 848-9333. Rose Auction, 1 p.m., Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. Call (818) 993-6622 or (805) 523-9003. Camellia Society Flower Show, 1-4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca ada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-7980. Sisters in Crime/L.A. panel discussion: “How Detectives Get Their Man (or Woman)”, 2 p.m., Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Call (818) 238-5620. SATURDAY Kids Fitness Challenge, 7 a.m.-noon, Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Free. Registration: Call (818) 888-7091. 2007 National Engineers Week Future Competition, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Museum of Science/California Science Center, 700 State Drive, Los Angeles. Call (213) 744-7400 or (909) 261-5985. “State of the Horse” convention, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Call (818) 771-0156. last_img read more

22nd Annual Youth Days slotted for March 30-31

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles and Mt. San Antonio College will present the 22nd Annual Youth Days track meet on March 30-31 at Mt. SAC in Walnut. Middle school students will compete on Friday, March 30, followed by elementary school participants on Saturday, March 31. Check-in time for both days starts at 7 a.m. The entry deadline is March 18. The entry fee is free for elementary school students, and $5 for middle school competitiors. For information call (909) 594-5611, Ext. 4840 or visit last_img read more

Sports Sunday

first_img11:30 a.m.NBA: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers.Ch. 7 1 p.m.NCAA women: California at Stanford.FSN BASKETBALL9 a.m.NBA: Clippers at Toronto Raptors.PRIME/710 11 a.m.NCAA: Florida State at Duke.FSN 3 p.m.NCAA women: Missouri at Iowa State. (T)FSN 8 p.m.Prep: Campbell Hill vs. Villa Park. (T)KDOC BOWLING11 a.m.Sun City Classic.ESPN FIGURE SKATING2 p.m.European Championships. (T)ESPN GOLFNoonPGA: FBR Open – Final Round.Ch. 4 center_img LACROSSE11:30 a.m.NLL: Buffalo Bandits at Toronto Rock. (T)VS. NFL3 p.m.Super Bowl kickoff show.Ch. 2 3:25 p.m.Super Bowl XLI – Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts.Ch. 2/980 SOCCER10 a.m.Mexican League: Pumas U.N.A.M. vs. Chiapas.KMEX 10 a.m.Teams TBA.Telemundo 1 p.m.Mexican League: Amrica vs. Atlas.Ch. 46 TENNIS9 a.m.ATP: International Championships – Doubles Final.TENNIS 11:30 a.m.ATP: International Championships – Singles Final.TENNIS 5 p.m.ATP: Vina del Mar Tournament – Final.TENNIS 160Want 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

Former Nigeria coach ‘Big Boss’ Keshi dies

first_imgHis brother and manager, Emmanuel Ado, confirmed Keshi’s death.“It is true, my brother has passed on. He has gone to meet his wife,” Ado said, referring to Kate, Keshi’s wife of 35 years, who died last year after a long battle with cancer.“He was not ill at all, never showed any signs of illness, but we suspect he never got over the death of his wife,” said a friend of Keshi’s who spoke on condition of anonymity.In 2013, Keshi led his country’s team to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations.A year later, Nigeria qualified to the Round of 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.Keshi also coached other national squads, qualifying Togo to the 2006 World Cup and taking charge of Mali.The “Big Boss”, as he was named by fans because of his charisma and leadership skills, sparked an exodus of Nigerian players to Belgium in 1985 when he joined top club Anderlecht.He also played for Strasbourg in France and Stade Abidjan in Ivory Coast. 0Shares0000For Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi dead at 54. PHOTO/AFP.ABUJA, Nigeria June 8 – Former Nigeria football coach Stephen Keshi died Wednesday aged 54 of a suspected heart attack, his family said in a statement.The charismatic coach, dubbed “Big Boss” by fans, died in Benin City in southern Nigeria from “cardiac arrest”, the statement said. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Utd target Pogba not worth £86m – Scholes

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United have reportedly had a bid for Paul Pogba rejected. PHOTO/SKY.UNITED KINGDOM, July 25 – Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should spend so much on Paul Pogba, arguing the Juventus star is not in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.However, United have reportedly been told by the Italian champions that a transfer fee in excess of £100m for the France midfielder would be accepted. Scholes, who departed United in 2013, saw Pogba’s potential as a teenager at the club but believes the 23-year-old is not worth a world-record fee.“He was a very talented young player, I played with him and I knew how good he was,” said Scholes, who is playing in a futsal tournament in India.“I just don’t think he is worth £86m. For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is nowhere near there yet.”But Scholes also praised Manchester City’s capture of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for a reported fee of around £21m.“I think Gundogan is a really impressive player,” Scholes told SportWitness. “I’ve seen a lot of him at Borussia Dortmund.“If he can stay fit, I think he can be a fantastic player. I also think he is great value for the money Manchester City paid for him. I think he is a bargain.”-Sky sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PSG ‘lost more than a player’ following Zlatan departure, Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger says PSG could struggle without the leadership of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. PHOTO/DM.PARIS, France, Sep 13 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Paris Saint-Germain could struggle in Europe this season without the leadership of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The talismanic striker ended a successful four-year relationship with the Ligue 1 champions this summer when he chose to join Manchester United on a free transfer. While PSG can still boast the likes of Edinson Cavani and Jese Rodriguez up front, Wenger believes the French club could struggle in the Champions League without the Swede.‘They will continue to be the dominant team in France but they lost more than a player with Ibrahimovic,’ Wenger told Goal. ‘He was the leader, the captain, a charismatic carrier of the ambition of the club and it’s always difficult to measure – when you lose a player of that stature – how big the damage is.’Arsenal face PSG in their opening Champions League match at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening.Ibrahimovic scored 156 goals in 180 games over four seasons for the Ligue 1 champions PSG. PHOTO/DM.Wenger will be confident of claiming at least a point against the French champions, who have started the season in uncharacteristically poor form.New manager Unai Emery already finds himself under pressure with the Parisians floundering in seventh position in the Ligue 1 table.But although PSG have failed to win either of their last two league games, Wenger expects Emery’s side to improve in the coming weeks.‘At the moment they have also changed managers so they are trying to find their feet,’ he said.Wenger also confirmed that Laurent Koscielny has returned to full fitness and is available for selection for the opening match of Group A, which also includes Swiss club Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Conte plays it cool over Chelsea’s title bid

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte embraces striker Diego Costa after their English Premier League match against Southampton, at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Glyn KirkSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Antonio Conte insists it is too soon to label Chelsea as Premier League title contenders after his side maintained their impressive run with a 2-0 victory at Southampton.Conte’s team have reeled off four successive league wins for the first time in 18 months and they sit just one point behind leaders Manchester City following their no-nonsense display at St Mary’s on Sunday. Eden Hazard opened the scoring with a clinical strike in the sixth minute and Diego Costa’s sublime curler in the second half wrapped up the points for the Blues.Chelsea have double the number of points they had at the same stage of a miserable campaign last season and the confident nature of their performance against in-form Southampton suggests Conte is beginning to make his presence felt.The Chelsea boss wouldn’t be drawn into declaring his side potential champions, although he did admit he is feeling increasingly confident that his rebuilding job is taking shape.Chelsea’s David Luiz jumps in to celebrate second goal, scored by Diego Costa, during their English Premier League match against Southampton, at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Glyn Kirk“If you ask me a prediction about the championship, it is very difficult. It is important to pass the first part of the season, then after Christmas you see if you can fight for the title,” the Italian said.“If you ask me if I’m confident? Yeah, because we are working a lot and I’m seeing a lot of positive things.“In this moment it is not important to look at the table. We are in a good position but the most important thing is to work very hard.“Sometimes you can win but you don’t see the right way, but now, game by game, I’m seeing a lot of positive things. I have confidence, but we can improve a lot.”With Conte’s decision to switch to a three-man defence rewarded by four consecutive clean sheets in the league and Hazard and Costa both back to their best, there is a new-found swagger surging through Chelsea’s squad.Conte was quick to salute the efforts of Hazard and Costa, but it was their ferocious work ethic that impressed him as much as their creative contributions.“When you see Eden and Diego working so hard, you are happy. They are strikers and usually it’s a bit difficult to work hard for the team,” he said.– ‘Hard to resist’ –Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (R) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during their English Premier League match against Southampton, at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Glyn KirkAfter disappointing defeats against Arsenal and Liverpool raised pointed questions about Conte just weeks into his reign, Chelsea’s revival has brought welcome encouragement to the former Italy coach.“We played against a strong team who are in a good moment. To come here and win wasn’t easy,” he said.“I pleased with the work rate, with the ball and without the ball. This is the right way to reach great satisfaction in this championship.“To stay close to first place gives us great confidence.”Southampton’s first defeat in six league games stalled their impressive run and boss Claude Puel admitted Hazard, who played under the Frenchman at Lille, had been too hot to handle.“Chelsea were able to play strong at the back and they could have space to counter-attack. With Eden and Costa it is hard to resist,” he said.“We tried to find a solution but after the second goal it was difficult to come back.“I spoke with Eden after the game. He came back, perhaps after last season was difficult for him.“He is at a very good level.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ramsey recalled by Wales for Serbia challenge

first_img0Shares0000Aaron Ramsey was one of Wales’s top players at Euro 2016 © AFP/File / Martin BureauCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Nov 2 – Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s recall to the Wales squad for next week’s World Cup qualifier with group leaders Serbia is a “no-brainer”, according to manager Chris Coleman.Coleman included the 25-year-old — as well as in-form fellow midfielder Joe Allen — for a match the Euro 2016 semi-finalists need to win in Cardiff after successive draws stalled their momentum. Ramsey, though, has only 75 minutes of football under his belt — in the Gunners’ come-from-behind 3-2 Champions League win over Ludogorets on Tuesday — since injuring a hamstring in mid-August.“He played 75 minutes last night and he looks fit. It was a no-brainer. He is a huge part of what we are trying to do — a massive part of that with the talent he possesses,” Coleman said on Wednesday.“It was pleasing to see he got so much game time last night and he got an assist for the second goal, so fantastic.“We have never taken risks with players and we wouldn’t with Aaron Ramsey. With somebody as good as Aaron, something is better than nothing, but we will have to wait and see after this weekend.”Wales are third in Group D on five points after draws with Georgia and Austria, two points adrift of Serbia and the Republic of Ireland after three matches.SquadGoalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace/ENG), Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town/ENG on loan from Liverpool), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness/SCO)Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), James Chester (Aston Villa/ENG), James Collins (West Ham/ENG), Paul Dummett (Newcastle/ENG), Chris Gunter (Reading/ENG), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Ashley Williams (Everton/ENG)Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke/ENG), David Edwards (Wolves/ENG), Emyr Huws (Cardiff), Andy King (Leicester/ENG), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace/ENG), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan/ENG), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal/ENG), Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town/ENG on loan from Crystal Palace)Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/ESP), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Brom/ENG), Sam Vokes (Burnley/ENG), Tom Lawrence (Leicester/ENG), David Cotterill (Birmingham/ENG)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

James out to cement own legacy

first_img0Shares0000LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has hinted that he is chasing the “ghost” of Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / ELSALOS ANGELES, United States, May 26 – LeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to “be like Mike,” but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he’d be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan as one of basketball’s greatest.James eclipsed Jordan as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer on Thursday as he led the Cavaliers into a third straight NBA Finals — fueling comparisons to six-time NBA champion Jordan. As pundits parsed the stats showing Jordan achieved his 5,987 playoff points in 179 post-season games while James reached 5,995 in his 212th post-season contest, James dismissed such conversations as “barbershop” debates.When pressed, however, he acknowledged Jordan’s massive influence and the significance of the milestone.“I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish,” James said after scoring 35 points in the Cavaliers’ 135-102 victory over the Boston Celtics that clinched the Eastern Conference title.“When you’re growing up and you’re seeing Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t ever believe I could be Mike.”From trying to emulate Jordan’s fadeaway jump shot to copying his uniform quirks, James said, “I did pretty much everything MJ did when I was a kid.”“I didn’t go bald like Mike, but I’m getting there,” he quipped. “I wanted to be Mike, so for my name to come up in any discussion with Michael Jordan or Kareem (Abdul Jabbar) … it’s a wow factor.”To be sure, “Air Jordan” still reigns over “King James.”Jordan’s six NBA titles are twice as many as James’s three — two of them won with the Miami Heat before he returned to Cleveland with the avowed aim of bringing a championship to his home state of Ohio.Jordan leads James in Most Valuable Player awards five to four and Jordan is fourth all-time in regular-season scoring with 32,292 points compared to James in seventh on 28,787.James said at a summer basketball camp last year that he found motivation in “this ghost I’m chasing — the ghost played in Chicago.”But he said his goal is not just to match Jordan’s numbers.“It has nothing to do with passing him in rings, passing him in points, passing him in MVPs. It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated,” James said.“The conversations about who’s the greatest of all time, things of that nature — it doesn’t matter to me.”– More than scoring –“The conversations about who’s the greatest of all time, things of that nature — it doesn’t matter to me,” said LeBron James (L) © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Gregory ShamusWhat does matter is the chance to cement his own legacy, one that inspires young players to look beyond scoring as they develop their games.Bill Laimbeer, stalwart of the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys” teams that were once the bane of Jordan’s Bulls, says that attention to every aspect of the game makes James, for him, the best ever.“I’ll take LeBron James, absolutely,” Laimbeer said this month on “The Rematch” podcast. “LeBron can do anything. Michael couldn’t get all the rebounds. He couldn’t be the assist man like LeBron James can.”James says he wants to be known — and remembered — as more than a scorer.“Scoring the ball is so heralded in our sport,” James said. “I want the fundamentals of the game to be as great as they can be.“If some kid or a group of kids from the West Coast or the East Coast or the Midwest or the South and everything in between, all around the world can look at me and say, ‘Well, I made the extra pass because LeBron made the extra pass,’ or, ‘I got a chase-down block and I didn’t give up on the play because LeBron didn’t give up,’ that would mean the world to me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Oil & Gas Appeal Tribunal extends deadline in CEP appeal of permit suspension

first_imgIn her letter, Kennedy explained that, “The Commission has considered that while the potential for complete failure of the Peace Canyon dam is extremely low, the damage potential from induced seismicity is more difficult to assess. There are outstanding concerns an induced seismic event could generate peak ground accelerations necessary to impact the Peace Canyon dam. Faulting in the area of the Peace Canyon dam is complex and there is currently limited fault, pore pressure, stress, fracture and reservoir quality data available.”Rygg said that the suspension order remains in effect until a final decision is made. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Oil & Gas Appeal Tribunal of B.C. has revised the timeline for Canada Energy Partners’ appeal of the British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission’s suspension of CEP’s license to operate a water disposal well near the Peace Canyon Dam.BC Hydro asked the tribunal to extend the deadline on submissions related to the appeal, which must now be delivered by July 20th, after which the Tribunal will render a decision. Canada Energy Partners’ disposal well is located 3.3 kilometres away from the Peace Canyon Dam, which prompted the OGC to suspend CEP’s well permit back in March.OGC spokesperson Phil Rygg said in an email that the Commission suspended CEP’s license proactively to “mitigate a potential risk to public safety and protect the environment.” A technical review of how induced seismic activity from the disposal well might impact the dam was recently completed by an external consultant.- Advertisement -Canada Energy Partners pointed out in a statement that the review found that, “A pulse type motion, as is expected from a low to moderate induced seismic event, is considered to have a reduced probability of causing failure or damage to the Peace Canyon Dam… We have not identified any compelling reason for induced seismicity to result in significant damage to, or an outright failure, of the Peace Canyon Dam.Based on the recorded history of fracking and injection well induced seismic events in northeast BC, and provided that reinjection conditions remain similar to the practice to date, the probability of significant damage or a failure occurring is within expected norms for life safety, based on the British Columbia Building Code and our present understanding of the stability of the PCD structure.”However, the OGC’s Chief Engineer Maya Kennedy said in a letter on June 16th to Canada Energy Partners that, “I write to advise that the Commission is considering taking action under section 26(1 )(c) of the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) to cancel the above noted Well Permit.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Dawson Creek to open reception centre for those evacuated due to forest fires

first_imgThe state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days once issued and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.The fire season in Northeast B.C. has been quiet to date.  Read more about the fires in our region, by clicking here. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. –  The City of Dawson Creek will open a reception centre for anyone evacuated due to forest fires.According to the post on Facebook, the City will open the reception centre at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18 at the Dawson Creek Fire Department.  The centre will be set up to assist any residents evacuated from their homes can find help if they head towards Dawson Creek.They can also call the Fire Department directly at 250-782-9898.- Advertisement -The City of Prince George has already received over 1,300 people who have been evacuated due to forest fires.  The City of Prince George has also reached out to other communities in the B.C. Peace to ask for assistance if needed.  The City of Fort St. John confirmed late Friday they will be ready to help if needed.More than 1,800 fires have burned 4,360 square kilometres since the beginning of the 2018 season.  This is now the third worst fire season on record since 1950.  Last year was the worst with over 12,000 square kilometres being burnt.The B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency on Aug. 15 to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.Advertisementlast_img read more

An abundant Christmas Hamper Campaign for the Salvation Army

first_imgContinued donations will help throughout the year such as 644lbs of beef that was donated by a local farmer with butchering donated by a local company. This meat will really be able to supplement diets, with more than poultry and pork. Another way the community’s donations have contributed to the Salvation Army’s programs. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the generous help from the community this year, the more people donated, the more Hampers were filled.Although the closing date for applying to receive a Christmas Hamper was December 1st, 2018 with the increase of donations the Salvation Army provided Hampers up to Christmas Eve this year.“So much came in we continued to accept applications,” Cameron Eggie Executive Director of the Salvation Army said, “This is a record-breaking number as far as I know with the history being involved with this program.”- Advertisement -144 Christmas Hampers were registered in November and the Salvation Army delivered 202 Hampers to the community. “The community was so generous,” said Eggie.“We do have leftovers that will continue to help,” said Eggie “Toys become part of the Birthday program, families that registered for a Christmas Hamper are welcomed back the month of the child’s Birthday to recieve a gift the parents can take home and wrap.”The Christmas Hamper Campaign is open to anyone in the community to apply, yet unlike the Food Bank, there is an income matrix used to assess and prioritize the need. The Salvation Army assesses household income vs expenses to determine the value of the hamper.Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP lay charges following investigation

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section, along with the assistance of ALERT, RCMP Police Dog Services, and Grande Prairie General Duty members made arrests on three males, on March 22, in relation to a sexual assault and forcible confinement investigation.According to Police, drugs and a firearm were located during the arrests.30-year-old Garrett Kenneth Forrest of Grande Prairie is facing the following charges:Forcible confinementSexual assaultAdminister noxious substanceAssault with a weaponUttering threats against person  x 2Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunitionTrafficking Cocaine- Advertisement -27-year-old Matthew Robert Best of Grande Prairie is facing the following charges:Forcible confinementSexual assaultAdminister noxious substanceAssault with a weaponUttering threats against person  x 2Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2Trafficking CocaineFail to comply with recognizance x 5Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition31-year-old Robert Wade Stewart of Grande Prairie is facing the following charges:Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 2Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunitionTrafficking cocaineFail to comply with recognizance x 4Possession of cocaineBest and Forrest remain in custody and are scheduled to appear at Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 15, 2019.Advertisement Stewart has been released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.The matter is before the courts, and no further information will be released.last_img read more

Police warn of ATM fraud scam

first_imgA wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries, he said. The thieves copy the cards and use the PINs to withdraw thousands from many accounts in a very short time directly from the bank ATM, he said. If customers see such an attachment on an ATM, they should not use the machine and report it immediately to the bank or business, he said. (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! May 19 on two area cash machines, said Laguna Beach police Sgt. Darin Lenyi. No victims had yet been identified, he said. “It is important to inform the public,” he said, “so they can avoid any ATM that may seem suspicious.” Two suspects were caught on videotape installing the devices on ATMs at U.S. Bank in San Diego, said the bank’s security manager, Steven Laird. The equipment includes a “skimmer” that is mounted to the front of the normal ATM card slot that reads the ATM card number and transmits it to criminals sitting in a nearby car, Cervantes said. SAN MARINO – A team of thieves is staking out Southland ATMs, using high-tech equipment to steal personal access numbers from unsuspecting bank customers, police said. The team of organized criminals installs wireless equipment “cleverly disguised” to look like part of the ATM, which intercepts both the card number and the personal identification number, according to San Marino police Sgt. Robert Cervantes. No such crimes have been reported in San Marino, but two of the machines were discovered on Orange County ATMs by Laguna Beach police who distributed a “be on the lookout” warning to all Southland police departments, Cervantes said. The machines – sometimes made to look like leaflet holders, which had been used legitimately by vendors for off-site sales such as at a swap meet – were found April 19 and last_img read more

State’s title as gateway to trade threatened

first_imgTogether, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle roughly 43 percent of the nation’s imports. They make up the world’s fifth-largest port complex, handling some $300 billion worth of goods in 14 million containers every year. More than 16,000 trucks travel through the Los Angeles port every day, clogging the 710 Freeway and other thoroughfares. But the issue of improving the flow of goods has become increasingly controversial. Business interests worry about Democratic proposals that would impose new costs on the private sector – and Democrats fret that business interests are downplaying the need to reduce air pollution. Earlier this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a $15 billion Goods Movement Action Plan, with some 200 projects designed to improve transit in California. SACRAMENTO – With cargo becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to ship across the Southland, state officials are wrestling with ways to ease the jam before it jeopardizes the region’s economy. With thousands of local jobs and billions of dollars in international trade at stake, experts say California needs to quickly expand its infrastructure or risk losing its reputation as the nation’s gateway to international trade. “Unless we find a more efficient and cleaner way of (accommodating growth), we’re not going to be able to handle all that cargo,” said Bill Allen, CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It would be a shame if we can’t handle the cargo, because hundreds of thousands of people’s jobs in Southern California depend on our ability to handle the increasing cargo flows from Asia.” Those priorities were culled from a list of $47 billion in projects that were identified statewide. “California’s economy moves in its trucks, in its trains, through its airports, and through its seaports,” said Richard Nordahl, chief of Caltrans’ goods movement office. “In order for the California economy to operate successfully and provide the benefits people expect, the freight-movement system has to be improved – both in terms of its capacity, its operational efficiency and to minimize its impact on the environment.” The recommended projects include operational changes like staggering the times for vessel departures and arrivals; expanding the labor force at the ports; and using ships rather than rail and trucks to transport goods between Southern and Northern California. Infrastructure projects include grade separations along the Alameda Corridor so trains and passenger vehicles do not have to slow down at crossings; widening freeways to the Mexican border; and building truck-only lanes on major trade corridors. The plan also involves homeland security upgrades including new technology for data management and sensors for hazardous materials; and prescreening high-risk containers at departure points. Slow going Another major element includes mitigating air quality and community impacts by imposing stricter standards for clean fuels on trucks, ships and trains; reducing idling time and requiring ships to use electric power while idling; and reducing the discharge of marine debris. The program is slowly moving forward, although the state has secured only a fraction of the necessary funding. State officials say part of the plan will be funded through a $20 billion transportation bond approved by voters last year. It includes about $2 billion for goods movement and $1 billion for air quality improvements. The biggest challenge will be other ways to fund shipping improvements, such as state grants, public-private partnerships and contributions from local and federal agencies. The Legislature also is debating a new fee on imports and exports, although the business community considers it a “job killer” that would hurt the state’s economy. Under the proposal by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, the $30-per-container fee would generate an estimated $500 million a year now, and up to $1.5 billion by 2020, to help fund infrastructure improvements. Lowenthal says the revenue would be split between air quality and infrastructure projects and spent in the region where it was collected. Sticky situation? A study projects that only a minimal amount of shipping would be diverted from California’s ports if the fee is imposed. “We are embarking on a system now that’s held together by chewing gum, and that’s quadrupled in growth in the last 10 years without any major investment,” Lowenthal said. “It’s time to fix this or else we’re going to lose out as one of the world’s economic players.” Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar Lowenthal measure last year, saying it lacked accountability and failed to coordinate with other funding sources. He hasn’t taken a public position on the latest bill. Business interests remain opposed to Lowenthal’s container fee, fearing it will increase costs while limiting the business community’s participation in deciding which projects are funded. The California Chamber of Commerce has included the measure on its list of “job-killer” bills that it considers the most harmful to the state’s business interests. “It’s a tax on imports and exports through all of California’s ports,” said chamber spokesman Vince Sollitto said. “That harms people who are exporting goods and importing goods and all of the businesses that rely on those businesses, including California farmers.” Administration officials estimate that international trade generates about $436 billion for the state’s economy, or about a quarter of its gross-domestic product. And the volume of goods moving through the ports has steadily increased over the years, with some analysts predicting that the facilities could reach capacity by 2010 without infrastructure improvements. Port of Los Angeles spokeswoman Theresa Adams Lopez said officials are working on plans to improve terminals and rail facilities while reducing air pollution and the impact on neighboring communities. Potential projects include replacing the Gerald Desmond Bridge to allow larger ships to pass, building more terminals and adding rail-loading capability. In addition, ports officials last year created a plan to reduce emissions by 45 percent in five years, while still allowing business growth. One proposal would require every truck entering the ports complex to meet the updated federal environmental standards. Because it would require the replacement of many trucks, the plan has drawn vocal opposition from the trucking industry. Another proposal would require ships to run on electric power when docked in order to reduce diesel emissions. Looking inward At the same time, some policymakers are looking to take the pressure off the ports by moving some operations inland. One idea calls for establishing “inland ports” – or logistics centers in the Antelope Valley, Victorville and other remote areas – where shippers could establish distribution centers far from the noise and congestion of the ports. The Victorville area has already been developing logistics facilities, including an airport, while the Antelope Valley idea was just recently proposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The Southern California Leadership Council – composed of about two dozen business leaders, including four former California governors – is examining the challenge of goods movement and trade. Executive Director Lee Harrington said the system is nearing the breaking point, in terms of being able to accommodate growth. Rail operations could hit capacity in seven years, while package handling is already lagging. “The good news about this challenge is we estimate that over 1 million jobs can be created by the growth in the logistics industry,” Harrington said. “That’s the challenge these days – coming up with smarter systems, smarter technologies to get the job done and move the freight efficiently.” (916) 446-6723 Key proposals Here are some of the proposals to speed the movement of goods throughout California: Inland ports: Logistics centers in the Antelope Valley, Victorville and other sites where trains can deliver cargo containers directly from the port to be unloaded and repacked. Container fee: A $30 fee on every container moving through California ports would pay for infrastructure improvements. Alameda Corridor East grade separations: Separating train tracks from roadways in four Southern California counties to speed the flow of goods and passenger vehicles. High Desert Corridor: New highways linking the Antelope and Victor valleys. Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach: Improves access, allows passage of larger ships.160Want 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

Hull City 2-1 AS Trencin: Tigers progress in the Europa League

first_img Hull City score through Sone Aluko Hull City are a step closer to qualifying for the Europa League group stage after defeating AS Trencin 2-1 at the KC Stadium.It wasn’t plain sailing for the Tigers on home soil though as they went behind after just 90 seconds, but goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Sone Aluko secured victory.Tom Huddlestone inexplicably missed from close range after a missed penalty in the first leg and it looked like he was about to pay for his error when the Slovakian side went ahead through Tomas Malec, but thankfully for the midfield passmaster Hull were able to level less than half an hour later.Yannick Sagbo and Shane Long both missed glorious chances as the hosts rallied but it was Egyptian flyer Ahmed Elmohamady who pegged their opponents back when he headed a Robbie Brady cross back across goal and into the net.Steve Bruce’s Tigers needed another strike to ensure progression and it took its time coming as Liam Rosenior and Huddlestone squandered good opportunities.But with ten minutes remaining Aluko was in the right place to volley home and send Hull City into the final qualifying phase. 1last_img read more

Blow for Arsenal! Gunners told Celtic defender will be ‘very expensive’

first_img Virgil van Dijk in action for Celtic 1 Arsenal and other suitors will have to splash the cash in January if they want to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.The 23-year-old attracted interest from the Gunners and several clubs in the summer after helping Celtic win the Scottish Premiership last season.However, no clubs were able to complete a deal for the in-demand defender and Van Dijk has since gone on to impress once again.And Celtic manager Ronny Deila has now warned any interested parties that they will have to pay big money to secure his prized asset.“It will not be a surprise for me if there is interest in Van Dijk in January, but he will be very expensive,” said Deila.“Van Dijk is a fantastic player who keeps on improving and I hope he stays with us.”last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Former England boss Hoddle gaining support for Aston Villa job

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman assesses the contenders for the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job following Paul Lambert’s departure, revealing there has been much support for ex-England boss Glenn Hoddle.He says Chelsea, at 1/8, look certain to clinch the Premier League title ahead of Manchester City with the Blues seven points clear at the top after their late victory over Everton.He also looks at the battle for a top four finish in the Premier League, and claims he in-form Liverpool can snatch a Champions League qualification place ahead of either Arsenal or Manchester United.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

‘Food prices have gone up, up, up’

first_imgAnd they could climb as much as 7 percent by year’s end. Last year, prices increased a modest 1.8 percent. Going back a decade, the comparisons become even more stark. Nationally, the cost of a loaf of white bread has risen 41 percent, a dozen eggs has increased 50 percent, while the cost of a half-gallon of milk has soared 107 percent since 1997. From growing demand for ethanol to crop-killing weather, farmers and grocers have absorbed hits on all sides. And as higher energy prices push shipping and operating costs up, the grocery industry faces tremendous competitive pressure to keep its prices down. “The industry is constantly looking for ways to save money behind the scenes, managing inventory more tightly, using more technology,” said Bill Greer, a spokesman with the Food Marketing Institute, a national grocery trade group. “But there are some things we just can’t control. “I don’t know what you can do about energy, and feed prices just keep going up.” Each Sunday, Dorothy Sakaida spends an hour clipping coupons from her local newspaper then stuffs them into a plastic bag she brings to the grocery store. “The prices have gone up, up, up,” said Sakaida, 74, who uses coupons to push prices in the other direction. On Monday, she bought a cartful of food at Vons in Woodland Hills that would have cost $46.35, but her coupons shaved $18.28 – nearly 40 percent – from her bill. These days, that kind of frugality makes more and more sense. While most people gnash their teeth over gasoline prices – they went up 2.9 percent last year – the cost of food rose 3.7 percent, according to the Consumer Price Index. The nation’s newfound interest for corn to use in ethanol has hit vendors most sharply, since the vegetable turns up in so many products. From corn-fed beef to canned corn to high-fructose, corn syrup-sweetened soda, the food chain relies so heavily on the commodity, any increase in demand resonates throughout the business. Kellogg Co. felt it last fall, increasing prices 2 percent on some of its cereal lines in September. General Mills recently announced it will follow suit, hiking prices as much as 4 percent on Cheerios and Chex to account for higher grain and energy costs. “Retailers try to hold the line as best they can, but there comes a time with any product that you have to pass it along to consumers,” said Dave Heylen, spokesman for the California Grocers Association. “When you have so much going on, eventually it will reach the consumer.” Beyond just corn, trends in agriculture have pushed prices up throughout the store. The winter frost that ruined California avocado and citrus crops elevated costs for everything from orange juice to guacamole. Epidemics killing off bees have pushed up honey prices and increased the costs of pollinating crops. And the same fuel costs affecting shoppers on their way to the grocery store catch retailers, as well. Ryan Lewin, general manager of Follow Your Heart, a natural foods market in Canoga Park, said he sees transportation surcharges from $3 to $15 slapped onto his produce, which he has to factor into consumers’ prices. “They may roll their eyes when they see it, but do we get complaints? Usually not,” he said. “I’m sure it’s out there, but I think people understand that inflation’s hitting us pretty good right now.” Diane Shields sees the same thing, as she’s watched her weekly grocery tab swell to $100 a week in recent years, up about 20 percent. The 61-year-old Topanga resident splurges on fresh fruit at Whole Foods or Gelson’s, but scrimps on toilet paper and detergent at Costco. “I’ll save on other things,” she said, “but I spend whatever I want on food.” (818) 713-3735 160Want 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

Burying the hatchet

first_imgRe “Parks’ crusade” (Our Opinions, June 15): You certainly did a hatchet job on former Chief Bernard Parks. Parks worked his way up in the Los Angeles Police Department and knows what some of the problems are. His criticism of Chief William Bratton along with others is certainly justified and should be addressed. Chief Bratton’s criticism of the MacArthur Park incident was deplorable. Here is a chief who wouldn’t back up his own men and capitulated to the demonstrators. He no longer has the respect and backing of his officers and certainly does not merit being reappointed. Chiefs William Parker through Chief Daryl Gates were the pillars of the LAPD, and I’m proud of having served under them. – Ben Delgado Chief Bratton said he is working on a task force charged with changing the LAPD’s insular mentality. The chief makes policy, not the officers on the front line. In my opinion, the chief should spend more time being a police chief instead of making the rounds to save his job. He, not the officers, has the insular (detached) mentality. – Mort Sherman Woodland Hills Census sense Re “Number-crunched” (Our Opinions, June 15): It makes no sense for the U.S. Census Bureau to no longer compile data for regions such as ours. The San Fernando Valley is, in essence, the nation’s sixth largest city in a county that is, in essence, the nation’s eighth largest state. Our growing population and vibrant economy should be of interest to every policymaker locally and in Washington, D.C. Without such data, the job of securing our fair share of federal and state appropriations will be more difficult. – Brendan L. Huffman President and CEO Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) Curse? Re “The curse of celebrity” (June 17): Thanks for starting my day with a great laugh, “The curse of celebrity,” about two people whose publicists work overtime keeping their kissers in view in every possible medium. – Pauli Carnes Woodland Hills Instant runoff voting Re “Los Angeles may vote for change” (June 14): In your article you mentioned saving municipalities money and decreasing voter fatigue. A few more of the benefits of instant-runoff voting: There would be less negative campaigning. When candidates are not trying to distance themselves from the candidate whom they are most like, they can stick to the issues. It would likely increase voter turnout. We’d get representative elections because we rank our preferences, and a majority of the voters, to some degree, like the person who wins. And, there would be an end to the spoiler argument. We don’t get our last choice because we voted for our first choice. – Theresa Brady Chatsworth Getting together Re “Governor stuns Hispanic journalists” (June 15): Bravo to Gov. Schwarzenegger! How refreshing to hear a politician who isn’t afraid to be candid, versus pandering to politically correct rhetoric. The remarks of Alex Nogales and Pilar Marrero are self-serving to their Spanish-speaking-only media business, versus helpful to their consumers who listen to their media outlets. Immigrants come here because they could not get a fair deal in their countries of origin with people of similar ethnic background running their countries. Yet these media people and Hispanic politicians prey on them, isolating them by language. Maybe less reliance on ethnic background would lead to more cohesiveness between people, rather than constantly emphasizing how different we are. – MaryAnn Strenk North Hills Fearless Arnold Re “Governor stuns Hispanic journalists” (June 15): Hurray for our governor! He speaks the truth and is not afraid to tell people to speak English. – Kathy Dudley Northridge Hot pants Re “Pant suit: Judge asks $54 million for pair” (News Lite, June 17): I thought only in La La Land did we have people like Tennie Pierce, suing the city of L.A. for $2.7 million over eating dog food mixed in his food. Now we have Roy L. Pearson Jr., a District of Columbia administrative law judge, suing the owners of a neighborhood dry cleaning shop for losing a stinking pair of pants. They were willing to pay him $1,150 to buy a replacement suit, which he refused. I hope that Judge Judith Bartnoff throws his case out of court and makes him pay the defense lawyer and court costs – and pay the shop owners for the nightmare he has put them through. This guy should be ashamed of himself for such a frivolous lawsuit he has brought before the court – a waste of time and money. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills A world without love AB 1634 supporters want every companion animal spayed or neutered. When these animals die of old age of disease, how do their owners replace them if no one is allowed to breed? Companion animals are often the only love many people have. How do you find a companion for your children or yourself? The only alternative would be to buy animals from out of state. Most of these would be from “puppy mills,” raised in unsanitary conditions with little human contact. Would you deny anyone else a loving companion because the state legislators are being lobbied by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other groups that want to force others to live by their personal code. Let your voice be heard! – Ellen Patterson Palmdale Landlord dictates Our quiet seniors mobile home park in east Lancaster is owned by an absentee landlord whom we see for an hour a month when he’s here to collect the rent. He has given an order to vacate a mobile home recently purchased by a 75-year-old woman and her 42-year-old daughter, although their space rent has been paid to date. Our landlord’s reason is that they did not seek his permission to buy the trailer a week in advance of moving in; thus, they will be evicted. The catch is that the older woman has a severe case of cancer, and the daughter is her caregiver. Our landlord’s reaction to this was: “That’s too bad. They didn’t abide by the rules, so they go. This is my land, and I make the rules.” As residents, we wonder what can be done about this act of cruelty. Can a landlord dictate life or death in this manner? – Max Ross Lancaster Ugly brown warming Global warming has struck the Weather Report page of the Daily News. All of Southern California, once green, has now turned to shades of ugly brown. Subliminal message, perhaps? – Lu Little Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Retired LAPD detective North Hills Being chief Re “Chief addresses Latino journalists’ conference” (June 16): Regarding the May 1 incident at MacArthur Park, Joe Dominick stated that “the police used rubber bullets and batons during a mostly peaceful immigration rally.” What does Dominick mean by “mostly peaceful”? He must be talking about the protesters who were throwing rocks and bottles at the police officers. He must know that if the police had backed off the situation, a possible riot could have taken place. last_img read more

Area school districts reveal their budgets

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Stable, lackluster, straightforward – that’s what the 2007-08 budget picture looks like at the Little Lake City School District, officials said Monday. After several years of declining enrollment, Superintendent Phillip Perez said the 4,900-student district anticipates no decline or increase in students this year. That’s important because state funding is based on student enrollment. Little Lake was among several area districts, including the Lowell Joint School District in Whittier, that approved 2007-08 budgets last week, just before the new fiscal year got underway Sunday. According to its budget figures, the Little Lake district expects to receive nearly $39 million in revenue in 2007-08 and will spend about The zero-growth is a welcome relief from prior years, when the numbers of students dropped as much as 5 percent from one year to the next. “I think stable is the best way to describe our situation,” Perez said. The news is much different at the 3,000-student Lowell Joint School District in Whittier, where budget projections call for a 90-student loss in enrollment in 2007-08. Lowell Joint officials estimate the district will bring in about $22.4 million this year, and spend about $21.8 million. Coupled with a 2006-07 carry-over of $3.2 million, officials anticipate this year’s ending balance will be nearly $3.8 million. “We have approved our budget,” Superintendent Patricia Howell said, “and our budget is balanced.” That wasn’t the case a few years ago, when the district suffered a financial crisis brought on by a budget that overestimated revenues and underestimated expenditures, among other things. Since that time, however, the district has restored its state-mandated 3 percent reserve for economic uncertainties, reached a tentative settlement with its teachers, and plans to settle contract negotiations with classified staffers before school begins in the fall. “We tend to budget conservatively,” Howell added. “And we’re also making sure that we’re making budget decisions based on what’s best for students.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! $38.5 million. The district also will carry over about $5.5 million from last year’s budget, records showed. And by the time the 2007-08 school year is over, the ending balance should be about $5.8 million. “It’s a pretty stable projection,” Perez said. “We haven’t added any programs per se, but we are continuing to take advantage of ongoing funding we saw in the 2006-07 state budget,” including funds for art and music programs. last_img read more

Markets surge on solid tech results

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Fed’s suggestion that it wasn’t overly worried about the credit markets appeared to reinvigorate them: Risky, high-yielding corporate bonds rose, while safe, low-yielding government bonds fell. However, the stock market’s movements Wednesday showed that sentiment can turn quickly. The stock market has been ricocheting up and down in recent weeks on worries that borrowing will get tougher because of losses in the subprime mortgage market. “It’s hard for me to envision that all the potential problems with subprime have been resolved in two days,” said John O’Donoghue, co-head of equities at Cowen & Co. “We’ll have to see how the dust settles here in the next few days … I don’t think the market has made up its mind what it wants to do.” NEW YORK – Stocks surged Wednesday as solid results in the technology arena and renewed demand for risky debt soothed investors a day after the Federal Reserve said the economy should keep expanding. However, a late-day plunge and recovery revealed investors’ persistent unease about how problems in lending might hurt corporate America, despite the Fed’s assurances. The Dow Jones industrial average initially surged more than 190 points, dropped into negative territory in the last hour of trading, reportedly on rumors that Goldman Sachs would release some negative news. When that speculation disappeared, the Dow rebounded to finish up more than 150 points. On the whole, Wall Street was pleased to hear that computer network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. posted a 25 percent jump in quarterly profit and raised its revenue forecast for the year. The upbeat technology news, along with strong recoveries in the beleaguered financial and home-building sectors, came a day after the Federal Reserve suggested that the lending environment isn’t difficult enough to trip up the economy. last_img read more

Comedy group drives through security points

first_img Police waved the motorcade through two checkpoints before pulling it over near the Intercontinental Hotel where Bush is staying. “No particular reason we chose Canada,” cast member Chris Taylor was quoted as saying on The Sydney Morning Herald’s Web site. “We just thought they’d be a country who the cops wouldn’t scrutinize too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade – as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him.” SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – Members of an Australian TV comedy show, one dressed as Osama bin Laden, drove through two security checkpoints Thursday before being stopped near the Sydney hotel where President Bush is staying. The stunt embarrassed Sydney police, who have imposed the tightest security measures in city history for a summit of leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including Bush. Police arrested 11 cast and crew members from the TV program, “The Chaser’s War on Everything,” and impounded three vehicles, the Australian Broadcasting Corp., which airs the show, said on its Web site. Cast members put together a sham motorcade, hiring two motorcycles and three large cars on which they put Canadian flags. 160Want 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

Listen to the world, not the tunes

first_imgI was coming through an airport recently and found myself next to a tall young man who was smiling my way. Trying to be polite, I smiled back. He nodded his head. I nodded in turn. Had we had met before, I wondered? Had I forgotten his name? Where would I know him from? Was it work? Personal? Someone from my past? Quick. Think! I smiled again. I nodded some more. Then he turned to the side – and I frowned. Headphones. Little white headphones, snaking from his ears to under his sweatshirt, disappearing into, I suppose, an iPod somewhere. He wasn’t nodding at me, he was bouncing to the beat. The smile he threw my way came from something he was hearing, not the face he was seeing. He was there, but he wasn’t there, you know? It’s not the first time this has happened. More and more, it seems, people go out in public in body only. Their mind and consciousness is dripping out their ears and down a wire into a portable device. A cell phone. An iPod. A small TV. A DVD player showing a full-length movie. “Tune in, turn on, drop out” was a phrase my generation invented in the ’60s. We didn’t mean iTunes. To and from the arena Now, I am not allergic to headphones. I got my first pair when I was a teenager, big, round, earmuff things that weighed a ton. They sat on my head like the headgear of a Gemini astronaut – or a Dallas Cowboy. But they only went as far as the cord that was connected to my stereo. Mostly, I wore them to not wake up my parents. Today, headphones are as much an accessory as a belt. Subway riders wear them. People working out wear them. Pro athletes wear them to the arena, from the arena and sometimes during interviews. You get on a bus, the person next to you wears headphones. On a plane they tune out as soon as electronic devices are OK (and sometimes before). You can buy headphones almost anywhere. Newspaper stands. Drug stores. It’s not that I am anti-music, anti-video or anti-phone call. You get a lot out of all those things. But at the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I would caution any younger, headphone-addicted readers that it’s not always about what you’re getting. Sometimes it’s what you are missing. The sounds of silence For example, people. It’s true, some strangers you’d just as soon not talk to. But folks used to strike up conversations on buses or planes, because there really wasn’t much else to do. “Where you heading?” was a common line. Today you ask that, it means you’re weird or desperate. Nature. You can’t hear birds with plugs in your ears. Or gusting wind. Or the sound of rain hitting rooftops. Sitting on a beach may be nice to do with the Black Eyed Peas in your ears, but there is something to be said for the crash of waves and the squawk of seagulls. And then there is the simple sound of nothing. As a post-college kid, I once got stranded at a railroad station in Yugoslavia. It was hours until the next train. I had nothing to read, couldn’t speak the language, and the station was in the middle of nowhere. So I sat there, my back against the wall, alone in the hot sun. It was just ? quiet. Do you know, I still can remember that sensation? I remember it as well as I remember any song or video. It was haunting. It was real. It was something I miss: the sound of the world at rest. Do we even know how to be at rest anymore? Have we become so addicted to input – noise, ads, Internet, cell phones – that being still is alien? I think about that tall guy at the airport, nodding his head at me, and I wonder if he ever knew I was there. They used to say if a stranger smiles at you, check his eyes. Today you check his ears. Mitch Albom is the author of the best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie and a syndicated columnist. 160Want 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

Republic of Ireland boosted ahead of Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland

first_imgJames McClean expects to be fit for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland despite picking up an ankle injury.The Wigan winger emerged as a major doubt for the Group D clash after limping out of training at Gannon Park in Malahide on Tuesday.But a scan showed he did not suffer any serious damage and McClean is confident he will be ready to feature in Dublin on Sunday.He told the Irish Independent: “The ankle should be fine. I said I’d give it a go in training, but unfortunately it was just too sore to carry out the session.“I went and had a scan and thankfully it’s just some bone bruising. It should be cleared up in time for the weekend’s game, which is obviously positive news.“I will just need to rest it now with plenty of ice and re-evaluate it in the morning to see if I can train. If not, then hopefully I’ll be able to get a training session or two in before the game.”However, O’Neill still has concerns over full-back Stephen Ward and midfielder Darron Gibson, who are struggling with ankle and groin problems respectively. 1last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: Six goalkeepers you’ll want in your side

first_img 6 6. Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace) – £4m – Click right for more Fantasy Premier League tips – Do you like taking a risk every now and again? If so, with Julian Speroni out with a finger problem and Wayne Hennessey’s future up in the air, there’s a good chance Alex McCarthy will start for the Eagles against Norwich. He’s got good pedigree and is rated as a possible England international by Alan Pardew. If you have the gumption the rewards could be great. 4. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – £4.5m – Click right for more Fantasy Premier League tips – Depending on your Fantasy Premier League tactics, Schmeichel might be a key player for you. If you prefer to scrimp and save on a goalkeeper, which allows you another £1million to spend on outfield stars, the Leicester City player is worth consideration. Solid and dependable in a team, which has made defensive improvements, the Dane is a great option. 2. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) – £5.0m – Click right for more Fantasy Premier League tips – OK, Liverpool might not have the greatest defence in the world but signing Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez will strengthen them, meanwhile midfield newcomers like James Milner will also make them more solid. It’s also worth remembering Mignolet was the second highest scorer last year and kept 14 clean sheets. 6 6 3. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) – £5m – Click right for more Fantasy Premier League tips – The top scoring goalkeeper last year, Fabianski made a real impact at the Liberty Stadium as Garry Monk’s men finished eighth. His 13 clean sheets were mighty impressive and his defence has remained intact this summer so there should be no teething problems as the season gets underway. Admittedly their first game is away at Chelsea but Newcastle, Sunderland, Watford and Everton follow that in four of their next five games. Goalkeepers aren’t the highest scoring players in Fantasy Premier League but they can certainly play a vital role.If you get it right a cheap goalkeeper can land you plenty of points and allow you to spend more on your outfield stars.Or, if you don’t fancy taking a risk, you can splash the cash and ensure around 140 with a top shot-stopper from one of the Premier League’s top clubs.But who do we think are the goalkeepers you’ll want in your squad? Find out by clicking the right arrow above…Check out eight Fantasy Premier League bargains here 1. Petr Cech (Arsenal) – £5.5m – Click right for more Fantasy Premier League tips – Three games. Three trophies. The 33-year-old shot-stopper has had a brilliant start to his time at the Emirates after joining from Chelsea. His, mostly, confident display will go some way to allaying any fears there may have been his performances are on the wane. He’s not cheap but he is reliable. If David Ospina can garner eight clean sheets in 18 matches behind Arsenal’s defence, Cech is likely to get even more. 6 5. Jack Butland (Stoke) – £4.5m – Click right for more Fantasy Premier League tips – Now Asmir Begovic has left the club, the time is right for the highly-rated English shot-stopper to make his impact. He grabbed two clean sheets in three games as Mark Hughes brought him into the team at the end of last term, with one of those coming against Tottenham. This is likely to be Butland’s big break and with a Euro 2016 England squad place to play for he’ll be doing all he can to get the nod from Roy Hodgson. 6 6last_img read more

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny ‘deeply affected’ by Paris attacks and may miss West Brom clash

first_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with defender Laurent Koscielny 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed centre-back Laurent Koscielny was ‘deeply affected’ by last week’s attacks in Paris and may sit out of Saturday’s Premier League tip to play West Brom.Wenger was in the French capital on Friday when terrorists struck in coordinated attacks across the city, including three suicide bombers detonating vests outside the Stade de France where the national team were playing Germany.The death toll from the series of attacks stands at 129 with many more seriously injured.The French side returned to action just a few days later as they travelled to Wembley on Tuesday night to face England in a tribute-filled friendly in London, though the impact of the horror clearly cast a shadow over the visitors, who lost 2-0.Koscielny, along with team-mate Olivier Giroud, was involved in both games and Wenger said he will speak to the defender – who by the manager’s admission was ‘not himself’ when he return to his club – to determine if he is in the right frame of mind to play at the Hawthorns.“You could see that on Tuesday night he [Koscielny] was not himself,” said the boss.“It affected him deeply and I didn’t recognise the player I saw on Friday night on Tuesday night.“I will talk with him. What I will want from him is that he’s completely committed and feels ready. If not, I will not play him.”Arsenal will resume Premier League action level with leaders Manchester City, meaning three points over the Baggies is vital for their title push, though Wenger’s options remain restricted by injury.Full-back Hector Bellerin [groin] is set to be available again, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey [both hamstring] remain out and Theo Walcott [calf] is not expected back for “one or two weeks”.last_img read more

Liverpool top Europa League group after drab affair in Switzerland

first_img1 Brad Smith Liverpool ensured they qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League as Group B winners after a hugely uneventful draw with FC Sion.In the freezing conditions in Swizterland, debutant Brad Smith was a rare bright spark on the night as his buccaneering runs twice nearly created chances for Divock Origi either side of half time.The Swiss side showed very little intent, effectively nullifying the Liverpool attack, knowing as long as they avoided defeat they would also progress to the last 32.With qualification already assured, Klopp handed Australian left-back Smith his full debut after impressing in a brief cameo appearance in the League Cup against Southampton last week.And the 21-year-old was arguably the Reds’ most impressive player throughout, surging forward in the early stages and crossing for Origi who failed to turn home acrobatically.Chances were few and far between and Origi, who scored a hat-trick against the Saints, was enduring a decidedly less fruitful night.First he whistled a shot just wide from 30 yards before failing to collect Adam Lallana’s through ball when well placed.Sion’s best chance came when Edmilson Fernandes broke quickly but wastefully shot wide when he had better options out wide.After the break, Origi’s composure again deserted him when Emre Can found the striker, but the Belgian couldn’t round goalkeeper Andris Vanins and the chance was spurned.And Origi couldn’t make convincing contact again in the dying embers of the game when Smith’s cross found the former Lille man.While the performance was insipid and disjointed, the return of captain Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho from injuries will be a boost to Jurgen Klopp ahead of the upcoming Christmas schedule.In the other game in Group B, Rubin Kazan needed to win and hope Sion lost to Liverpool to usurp the Swiss side, but the Russians succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Bordeaux.last_img read more

Arnold says lottery could help pay for family insurance

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Hoping to rejuvenate lagging negotiations over health care reform, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday he wants to use the state lottery to help finance his plan that would require all Californians to have health insurance. The Republican governor said at a news conference that he wants to lease the lottery to a private group and use about $2 billion annually of the proceeds to pay for his health care plan, without diverting any lottery funds used for education. The proposal would be just part of a larger health care financing initiative that voters would decide the fate of in November 2008. But before he can go to the ballot, Schwarzenegger must reach agreement with Democrats on a sprawling health reform plan. The main sticking point remains cost: Schwarzenegger wants to require everyone to carry insurance, but Democrats say he must first demonstrate how he would make it affordable for lower- and middle-class Californians. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAlthough the governor has won considerable business backing for his plan, consumer and labor groups say so far he has failed the affordability test. Schwarzenegger suggested earlier this year leasing the lottery to help shore up the state budget, but the idea of using the proceeds for health care is new. The governor said California’s lottery generates less money per capita than many other states’ lotteries. “There is someone who will do a better job, who will get more money for the taxpayers,” Schwarzenegger said. The current price tag on the governor’s health care plan is $14 billion a year. Under one scenario, according to the governor’s finance aides, a private management company would pay $37 billion for a 40-year lease. The state, in turn, would use that money to create an annuity of $2 billion a year to pay for health care. Education, which currently receives about $1.1 billion annually from the lottery, would be unaffected. The lottery funding stream for health care, however, would expire within 15 to 25 years, at which point the state would have to find money to replace it. There are also questions about whether the fund would grow fast enough to keep up with spiraling health care costs. Beyond that, advocates for the working class said a plan that encourages an increase in lottery sales would disproportionately hurt lower-income people, who studies show spend more of their money on the lottery. “The governor’s proposal would ask more Californians, particularly low-income Californians, to gamble away more of their hard-earned dollars to pay for health reform,” said Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, which researches issues that affect the working class. Nonetheless, tapping the lottery could allow the governor to sidestep a more politically dicey idea he’d been considering: asking voters to raise the sales tax to pay for health care. Pollsters said that including a sales tax hike in a health care ballot initiative would jeopardize its chance of passing. Schwarzenegger has made national headlines since he unveiled his universal health plan for California in January, a plan that some say could become a national model, but it was based on a 10-page document outlining his ideas. Tuesday was the first time that he released an actual bill, spelling out the details.160Want 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

L.A. City Council condemns Iraq war

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 12-2 vote makes Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to adopt such a stance. The council said it approved the resolution because it wants the federal government to end the war, which is diverting money from local governments. “We want to let our congressional delegation know we are speaking for the people of this country who want to see an end to the war in Iraq,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a Vietnam-era veteran who has been pushing for the measure for months. “To me, this is an illegal and immoral war that never should have been started,” Rosendahl said. “And our Democratic- controlled Congress has not shown the guts to stand up to this president.” Voting against the proposal were Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith. POLITICS: With a 12-2 vote, leaders say the fight diverts funds from local governments. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Calling it a message to Congress and President Bush, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday adopted a long-debated resolution urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Zine said he did not believe it was appropriate for the council to adopt the resolution. “I agree that what we see now is a civil war,” Zine said. “I don’t want to see this country at war. But I am concerned what other people in the world will say when they see us take this action. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes there is a heavy price to pay for democracy and independence.” The sentiment of most on the council, however, was strongly against American involvement in Iraq. “I just think the city of Los Angeles has paid the cost of this ill-conceived war,” said Harbor Area Councilwoman Janice Hahn. “We’ve paid the cost in deaths. We’ve paid the cost in federal dollars not coming to Los Angeles.” Noting that the council passed a resolution in 2003 urging the Bush administration to pursue diplomatic options, Hahn said that passing the current measure was the right thing to do. “There is a huge local impact for this war,” she said. “It is absolutely right that we spoke loud and clear with the majority of Americans.” Staff writer Josh Grossberg contributed to this article.160Want 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

Blood work

first_imgClifford Numark’s resume reads like that of a man who either cannot decide what he wants to do in life or wants to do everything. In addition to his law degree, the Torrance resident has a master’s in public affairs and another master’s in energy and the environment, and a bachelor’s in chemistry and public policy. His previous jobs included reporter, legislative aide, research associate, policy analyst, and an executive in various firms involved in economic development. Numark also briefly ran his own business consulting firm. He has held more than a dozen leadership positions in community or municipal organizations. “It’s a leadership job,” Numark said. “I lead about 270 people in the act of encouraging people to give the gift of life by donating blood.” Numark oversees 35-40 blood drives a day, a complex logistical undertaking. With about 155 employees qualified to collect blood donations, Numark must know ahead of time which blood drives will have the most donors and which will have the fewest to better distribute his limited staff. Each blood drive is planned about 12 weeks in advance, with volunteers – known as ambassadors – helping to organize and promote the event, which might be at a campus, work site or house of worship. “My job is to make sure that when those staff members are at a blood drive, that it’s a productive event,” he said. “I’ll be meeting with organizations who are organizing blood drives or folks who may organize blood drives.” Numark also manages a Red Cross call center that contacts past donors to ask that they give blood again. Managing the enterprise is a challenge “because people don’t just give blood spontaneously,” he said. In Southern California, residents do not give enough blood. As a result, the Red Cross must import up to 40 percent of its blood from other regions. The problem is common in large metropolitan areas for various reasons. “People have busy lifestyles (and long) commutes,” he explained. “A metropolitan area like Los Angeles may not have the sense of community like a small town in the Midwest. One out of three Southern Californians is foreign born, and they may not have a tradition of giving blood.” The most challenging times come in summer and winter when the flow of donor blood from campuses virtually dries up. This causes a major drop in supply since one of every five pints of donated blood comes from college and high school students at campuses. “A few years ago, surgeries were actually delayed because there wasn’t enough blood,” Numark said. In addition, communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS have forced the Red Cross to further restrict who can donate. Numark cites among his accomplishments his department’s compilation of an e-mail list with 170,000 donors, who are contacted periodically to give blood. That’s up from zero e-mails when he joined in 2003. Numark added that he reduced costs that would normally pay for T-shirts or other items given to donors to encourage their participation. Instead, his staff often passes out coupons, donated by local restaurants, for free food such as pizza or ice cream. “Only 5 percent of people will donate because you’ll give them that item,” Numark said. “But in the summer or winter months, we need that 5 percent.” Numark is a “very dynamic leader,” said Charles Wilcox, CEO of Red Cross Blood Services for the Southern California region. “When I think of dynamic, I think of somebody who’s very mission driven and who is able to inspire people,” Wilcox said. “He is in charge of a group of recruiters who must inspire and motivate, and he has to inspire and motivate them.” In addition to being inspirational and hardworking, Numark draws on his previous job experience to excel in marketing, from using direct mail to maximizing the call center’s productivity, Wilcox said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever met anyone who’s as genuinely community driven as him,” Wilcox said. The CEO was referring both to Numark’s Red Cross work and his involvement in community groups. Some of his positions include Torrance’s Parks and Recreation commissioner, vice president of the Torrance Symphony Association and Torrance Historical Society, and director of Leadership Torrance, an organization that promotes civic involvement in young people. Numark plans to run for a seat on the Torrance City Council next year. Numark says he learned about public service from being part of a family of teachers. “Both my parents were teachers and my brother is a professor and sister a teacher,” Numark said. “I guess from that, public service was a real strong theme.” In 1987, Numark graduated from Narbonne High School, where he served as editor of the school’s newspaper, Green and Gold. He went to Pomona College to earn a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and public policy. His thesis focused on alternative fuel vehicles. He earned his first master’s degree, in energy and the environment, from the University of Sussex. His second master’s degree, in public affairs, came from Princeton University. He earned his law degree from UC Berkeley. While at Pomona College, Numark served as editor of the college paper, Collage. He also worked as a stringer for The New York Times. Numark would later work as a reporter at the Arizona Republic and Anaheim Bulletin. From 1991 to 1992, Numark served as a legislative aide for state Sen. Herschel Rosenthal, who represented the Westside and San Fernando Valley. Numark went on to become a policy analyst and then chief operating officer for the Larta Institute, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and helps startups. About six years later, Numark became president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance, which promotes growth in high-technology industries. From 2001 to 2002, he worked as a management consultant at O’Melveny & Myers. His official title was managing director. In 2003, he opened his own market research firm called CustomerIntellect, a Los Angeles company to help develop business plans for small technology firms. Numark ran CustomerIntellect for a short time before the Red Cross offered him his current job. While Numark works to promote blood donations, his position carries some irony. The Red Cross will not accept a blood donation from him. According to Red Cross policy, blood will not be accepted from donors who have lived in England for more than three months during the years 1980 to 1996. The policy was instituted to protect the blood supply from donors who may have contracted a variant of mad cow disease while in England during that period. “It’s a little ironic. But even if you can’t give blood, you can give in other ways,” Numark said. “I guess you could say it’s fitting that I’m the director of donor recruitment because I’m making up for all the blood I can’t give.” BUSINESS LIVES NAME: Clifford Numark POSITION: director of donor recruitment for Southern California region of the American Red Cross AGE: 38 RESIDENCE: Torrance EDUCATION: law degree from UC Berkeley, master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University, master’s degree in energy and the environment from the University of Sussex, bachelor’s degree in chemistry and public policy from Pomona College FAMILY: wife, Diane Korman, a senior producer for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” HOBBIES: exercising, bike riding, community affairs160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd he’s only 38. “I’ve got a pretty wide-ranging curiosity in a lot of areas,” Numark said during a recent interview. That curiosity led him to American Red Cross Blood Services. Since 2003, he has served as the organization’s director of donor recruitment for the Southern California region. Based out of Pomona, Numark has the daunting task of directing his staff to encourage, nudge and beg donors to give blood used at 150 hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. More than 400,000 pints of blood are transfused each year at those hospitals. last_img read more


first_imgGartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre, have launched a fantastic new website. Previously, it was called Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, the slight change in name is very deliberate.It more properly reflects our full role as leaders in Outdoor Learning, and in Outdoor Adventure Training. Run under the auspices of County Donegal Education and Training Board (used to be VEC), we felt it time for Gartan to communicate its training provision more effectively.We have always provided a very high level of training, but we’ve probably held that as a little secret!Our staff members at Gartan are hugely experienced, and qualified, across a broad range of adventure sports.Each is also a highly experienced educator, committed to the high impact and lasting learning potential of the great outdoors. Such learning is best achieved in the company of instructors for whom personal and group safety is fundamental, while still being able to challenge people of all ages and abilities to extend themselves beyond their own boundaries, and to develop individually and as teams.We’re well known for our Outdoor Education and Learning provision, in this stunningly beautiful location on Gartan Lough.And we’re always learning ourselves. We’re also held in very high regard by National Governing Bodies for our various adventure sports.So high in fact that we hold prominent roles within some of our NGBs, and we are called upon more than any others to assist in course and safety development work.We at Gartan hope you like our new site, and can more easily find what you need. The site contains a blog for up to date information and events. Please also visit our Facebook page, Gartan, for regular updates on what is happening at Gartan and in Outdoor Learning and Adventure Sport Training.We welcome feedback, so if you have useful ideas that you’d like to see incorporated, let us know.Contact Diego at, or call us 074 9137032GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCTION CENTRE LAUNCHES FANTASTIC NEW WEBSITE was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BusinessFeaturesGartan OECNew WebsiteNoticesSportlast_img read more

Guus Hiddink: Why this Chelsea star has struggled this season

1 Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink Guus Hiddink has attributed Eden Hazard’s inability to hit form this season to injuries, having seen the Belgian playmaker fail to reach the heights expected of him.The 25-year-old was named PFA Player of the Season last term, playing a key role in the Blues’ Premier League title win.However, he has not even managed to score in the league this time around, and has registered only four assists.Hazard has spent spells on the sidelines due to injury this season, and Hiddink believes that a failure to recover from his problems is the reason for his lack of form.“I was racking my head [thinking] ‘what can I do to get him back on track?’” the Dutch boss explained.“He fell too much into injuries and had difficulties to come back and get out of that.”Hiddink is being replaced by Italian boss Antonio Conte in the summer, with the current Azzurri manager expected to restore Chelsea to title challengers.However, the caretaker insists Conte will not have an easy job at Stamford Bridge, with the Premier League set to be extremely tough next year.“There are no guarantees whatsoever,” Hiddink added.“The clubs will have more money to spend next year, which means the league will be even more competitive, which is very nice for everyone, except for those who have been used to being at the top for many years.” read more