Star ousts NLEX, enters semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESStar knocked off NLEX, 89-77, to clinch the first semifinals slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kristofer Acox had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hotshots, who will face the winner between the top-seeded Meralco Bolts and No. 8 Blackwater Elite matchup in a best-of-5 semis series.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very hard for us because it was our third game in five days. But because of our willingness to go to the next level, we were able to do it,” Star head coach Chito Victolero told reporters.It was just a four-point game before the Hotshots went on a 14-4 run to put the game away, 89-75, with Paul Lee scoring eight of his team’s final 10 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We limited them to under 80 points and that was our goal which was to limit their fastbreak points,” said Victolero.Star beat NLEX for the second time in just two nights after picking up a 101-93 on Sunday that kept the Road Warriors from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Aaron Fuller scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for NLEX, which ended the conference on a three-game losing skid after a going on franchise-best 4-0 start.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lee scored 18 points, making all of his six free throws, against Yeng Guiao, his former coach back with Rain or Shine, while Ian Sangalang added 14 points and four rebounds.The Hotshots smothered the Road Warriors, who registered their lowest output this conference. Their previous low was also against Star.Star also had an impressive showing on the offensive end, shooting 52% from the field.Victolero steered Star to the semis in the previous two conferences as well but the Hotshots have failed to advance in each of those times. He believes his team has what it takes to get over the hump this time with more experience under its belt.“We’ve been here before. all-Filipino, Commissioner’s Cup, but we’ve only reached until the semis. But now we’re more experienced than before and we hope we get through this time.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

No longer will we be ‘one people’ or ‘one nation’

first_imgDear Editor,Recent events in our nation have brought Jean Jacques Rousseau’s famous quote “When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich” sharply to mind, for we are entering that period in our history where it is happening before our eyes. The Guyana of my youth was characterised by friendships that crossed social, ethnic and economic barriers; parents did not interfere with these relationships and being ‘rich’ or ‘poor’ was never an issue, integrity of character was the only benchmark applied. I fear that this is already under threat and two recent events show that the divide has gotten wider and is almost beyond repair.The murder of young Patrick Fraser, who was simply hanging out with friends, with no thought that anyone viewed him as any different and the shooting of Kristian Jeffery, who thought it would be acceptable to walk in the company of friends through Agricola after the Buju Banton concert are harbingers of things to come. Parents of the ‘haves’ will now be securing the gates; building the high fences, both physical and mental, to secure their offspring and friendships outside of the socio-economic circle will not be encouraged and eventually forbidden. The rich will retreat into security compounds and gated communities (already a feature) and the poor will be further isolated in ever growing pockets of despair.Inequality will always exist in non-utopian societies, but democracy, the equal power of one vote, is a check to the politicians and parties that form Governments, or so it should be. Merton’s Strain Theory states that society puts pressure on individuals to achieve socially accepted goals though they lack the means. The responsibility lies with Government to bridge this gap, unfortunately, our nation is being administered by a cabal of the most uncaring. In four short years, they have exacerbated the gap between the rich and poor to the brink of the unthinkable; they would rather destroy democracy and the balance it brings than give up the power and perks of office. The strain is being evidenced by the sharp rise in violent crime. It cannot be solved by the sponsoring of entertainment and sharing of tickets, that story of “bread and circus” has played out its usefulness aeons ago.Editor, change is upon us, the expatriate community is growing daily, their salaries far exceed even the dreams of our large middle class. They will begin by renting homes but as the history of oil development shows, they will inevitably build their secure compounds, travel in heavily armoured convoys, employ armed services to escort them and live separate from the ‘locals’. The strain will be felt by those outside those compound walls, our children will not form these bonds of friendship that enrich lives and last lifetimes; the rich will live on the hills and the poor in the valleys of despair. No longer will we be “one people” or “one nation”. The poor have started eating and Granger has put us on the menu. The only hope for all Guyanese lies in that equality promised at the ballot box on Election Day.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Fianlly, Weah Signs 2019/2020 National Budget into Law

first_imgPresident George Weah’s concern for road construction is once again at the center of discussion among the senators.President George Weah, has signed into law the National Budget for the fiscal period beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.According to the release, the National Budget, which was signed October 28, 2019 totals L$110,460,000,000 or US$526,000,000, provides for the expenditure or operational cost of the Government of Liberia, an Executive Mansion release said.The Legislature, following months of intensive deliberations, according to the release, forwarded the budget to the office of the President for signing into law.Earlier, the Executive Branch of the Government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning submitted the National Budget to the Legislature.The 2019/20 National Budget accounts for three separate revenue envelopes, including Tax Revenue at US$378,000,000, non-Tax Revenue at US$87,200,000, as well as External Resources at US$60,800,000. It subsequently becomes law once printed into hand bills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Get Alli! Tunisia coach singles out Dele the dangerman

first_img“Why not?” he told reporters ahead of his side’s final training session in Volgograd on Sunday.“Our team is ready,” he added, referring to recent warm-up results where they drew with Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain.“We played well in friendlies. We did well and we expect to do the same here.”But he stressed that to do well against England, Tunisia had to keep Alli quiet, and confessed he was an admirer of the 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder.“He is a great player,” said Maaloul. “He is a midfielder who can play anywhere: centre, forward or deep midfield, up front on his own or wide on the left.“We know how easily Alli and Kane can find each other and their understanding so must divide them.“The most dangerous thing for me is the way he sees the match and plays the last pass.”The Tunisian coach placed England among the favourites to win the World Cup despite their abject record in recent major tournaments.The Three Lions failed to get out of their group in Brazil in 2014 and were humiliated by Iceland in Euro 2016 in France.“I was in the stadium when they played Iceland,” he said. “Now they are a more stronger side. The result is not going to be the same tomorrow.“We have pressure and they have pressure to do well. We are representing Africa and the Arabic world. They are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dele Alli has been identified as England’s danger man by Tunisia’s coach © AFP / PAUL ELLISVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has singled out England’s Dele Alli as his side’s most dangerous opponent as he prepared for their World Cup Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday.The confident coach, in his second spell as national team boss, said his side could beat England and open the door to progressing from the group stages and to the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Real Madrid captain Casillas set to snub Arsenal switch

first_img Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas 1 Arsenal will be forced to wait if they want to sign Iker Casillas because the Real Madrid goalkeeper wants to stay where he is.The Spanish giants have targeted Manchester United number one David de Gea as a replacement for their long-serving keeper, with Arsenal and Liverpool monitoring the situation while they consider changes at the back.And the pressure is mounting on the Spanish World Cup winner after his latest poor display in the club’s weekend draw with Valencia.The keeper, 33, appeared to shout back at fans who were abusing him and that has prompted further speculation over his future.But Casillas has told Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and anyone else interested in him moving on that he is determined to see out his Bernabeu contract which runs until 2017.last_img read more

Ancelotti MUST win Champions League to keep Real Madrid job, claims Spanish football expert

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti MUST win the Champions League this season if he wants to keep his job.The Italian has been linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer, should the club decide to dispense with Manuel Pellegrini’s services.Real Madrid will have to overturn a 2-1 deficit in their semi-final against Juventus, and Hunter believes the match at the Bernabeu will be critical.“The tradition at Real Madrid is that, if you win the Champions League, you get sacked. Just look at Vincente del Bosque and Jupp Heynckes.“I’m a Carlo Ancelotti defender but he hasn’t helped himself, he should have made better decisions.“Asier Illarramendi, Javier Hernandez and Jese should have played more regularly. Keylor Navas should have tested Iker Casillas more regularly as well. Ancelotti’s lack of rotation will count against him.“If they don’t win against Juventus, and subsequently win the final, it’s a little hard to understand how Ancelotti will survive.“That’s the way Florentino Perez is. If they win against Juventus, there is going to be a El Clasico final.“If you win a Clasico final, it’s unprecedented, and maybe Ancelotti stays.”last_img read more


first_imgAN education authority in the North is under fire after a series of junkets including one where civil servants racked up a bar bill – for an incredible €2,500.In fact the CCEA – which sets curriculums for the six counties – managed to spend an incredible Stg15,849 during a trip to Letterkenny.And the conference in question lasted for just TWO DAYS. The cash was splashed at a time when hard-pressed principals were begging for extra funding for crumbling classrooms.Details only emerged after a fed-up teacher put in a Freedom of Information request into the North’s government at Stormont.Eighty-eight civil servants enjoyed the Letterkenny conference.On one occasion the CCEA decided to have a conference in Galway – and flew 40 staff by private jet from Belfast! Nice work if you can get it….And the North’s politicians are going mad over the lavish splashing of taxpayer’s cash.Deputy chairman of Stormont’s Education committee and former UUP finance spokesman David McNarry described the CCEA expenditure on “jollies” as “lavish” and “scandalous”.Mr McNarry said: “They have been found out in abusing finances that could have been better used elsewhere and setting a very poor example.“What makes it more scandalous was that the maintenance backlog in schools was known. There was never an abundance of money and such spending was not justifiable, and the question has to be asked how were they able to get away with this?” BODY SLAMMED OVER €2,500 DONEGAL DRINKS BILL! was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgTHE A5 road project is back on track, the North’s deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has said.“It’s far from dead,” insisted the Derry politician last night.“I think, as a result of our discussions, we’re greatly heartened by what we’ve heard and we look forward to completing some work ourselves and the Taoiseach over the course of the coming days. “It’s fair to say it’s back on track again,” he added.First Minister Peter Robinson and Mr McGuinness met Enda Kenny in Dublin yesterday after attending the inauguration of Michael D Higgins as President.Mr Robinson said Dublin’s contribution to the road scheme would be “re-profiled rather than lost”.Joint financial support to dual the road at a cost of £850m was agreed as part of the St Andrew’s Agreement in 2006, and construction was expected to start in 2012. Earlier Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh claimed the Irish government part of the funding never existed in Fianna Fail government plans and projections.The Dublin administration has offered £50M over the next four understands that further discussions will take place next week.A5 ROAD ‘BACK ON TRACK’ CLAIMS McGUINNESS was last modified: November 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:A5a5 road projectmartin mcguinnessroadlast_img read more


first_imgFrom Dubai to Downings: That was the sobering reality for the Donegal Senior squad this weekend.The Donegal GAA squad returned from their team holiday on Friday, but they had no time to settle back into things, as they were summoned to the slightly milder region of Downings for training over the weekend.The players enjoyed a week away as a reward for their stunning season in 2014.The squad got together on Saturday morning for a training session to shake off the cobwebs after a sunny sojourn in Dubai. The squad then stayed overnight in Downings and trained again on Sunday morning as all attention now focuses on the formidable challenge of Cork.Donegal host Cork in Ballyshannon in yet another crucial league encounter, with six teams already locked on two points each, home advantage is critical, and Donegal will hope to maximise that advantage.When you consider their horrible away record in the league, home games take on added significance.In club football the fixtures for the new season are expecting to be announced shortly. A provisional date of March 20th is being proposed as the start date for the All-County League. FROM DUBAI TO DOWNINGS – DONEGAL GAA SENIOR SQUAD GET STUCK BACK INTO TRAINING was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalDowningsDubaiGAAholidaynewsSporttraininglast_img read more

Danny Glover, President Zuma catch up

first_img30 May 2013American actor and activist Danny Glover paid a visit to South African President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town on Wednesday.Glover is in the country as part of a delegation of the United Automobile Workers Union of America, led by its president, Bob King.Walking down the steps of the President’s Cape Town residence, Tuynhuys on Wednesday, the two men, who referred to one another as “my brother”, chatted before stopping and smiling at the waiting bevy of journalists and television cameras.Turning to Glover, Zuma said: “I’m sure that they want a picture.”After the media took a picture of them shaking hands, the two enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and, enjoying his brief moment away from the highest office in the land, Zuma teased the media, saying they should not be jealous of him.Wednesday’s meeting was not the first between Zuma and Glover.“As you know, it’s always wonderful to meet a good brother,” Zuma said. “He always visits South Africa. It’s always a good thing to be with us, given what he’s achieved and how much he’s loved by South Africans.”For Glover, perhaps best known as the producer and star of the Lethal Weapon movie series, being in South Africa is always a joy, as he inevitably hears the word “welcome”.“It’s great to be back – even if it’s only for a short while. It’s great to see my friend, President Zuma.”The history of South Africa has long been a part of his life, Glover said, “as someone involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the early ’70s to someone who used the platform of the incredible work of the great South African playwright Athol Furguard to manifest and build my career.“So there’s always a good relationship that I have with this extraordinary country.”Source: read more