Philippines needs backdoor path–an help from nemesis Iran–to make it to World Cup

first_imgMOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine stint in the Fiba World Cup in China next year is still an achievable dream, but the Filipinos will have to get help from a team they have a lot of painful history with to get it done and make it via the backdoor.With clashes on the road against Qatar and Kazakhstan coming—must-wins in February—Gilas Pilipinas must hope that Iran, a long-time nemesis, continues playing its heart out and treats its last two assignments with the same importance as it did its previous 10 outings.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia New training center for national athletes to be constructed soon Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas’ situation is a precarious one heading into the sixth window, as it occupies fourth spot at 5-5 in Group F with Japan a rung above after scoring an 86-70 ripping of Kazakhstan at home also on Monday for a 6-4 record.So for the Philippines to qualify, Iran must inflict a loss on Japan even after having qualified to the World Cup already on Monday after a 78-70 nipping of the Filipinos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWith only the top three teams from Groups E and F and the better fourth-placed team from both groups advancing to China, the Filipinos are in a one-miss-you-die situation and are holding on to one last remaining bright spot.Team Philippines handily beat the Japanese twice in the earlier windows, with Japan still without naturalized player Nic Fazekas and Japanese-American and potential NBA first-rounder Rui Hichimura, and will win a tiebreak between the two countries. 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 “It’s still doable; the chances are slimmer, but it’s still doable,” coach Yeng Guiao told reporters.Japan’s other game will be versus the Qataris.The Filipinos were comfortably seated on third spot heading into the fifth window, only to take two shock home defeats against Kazakhstan and an undermanned Iran squad.The game against the Qataris will be in Doha on Feb. 21, before the Filipinos fly to Astana to battle Kazakhstan three days later.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Bility, Snowe Pledge Support to Weah

first_imgThe current and former presidents of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have pledged their support to the Senatorial bid of George M. Weah for Montserrado County, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The two football administrators called on every football player, coach and manager as well as sympathizers of football to elect what they called Liberia’s football idol on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for the Senate.Mr. Hassa Bility and Hon. Edwin Snowe made their public declaration last week on a radio talk show in Monrovia.Mr. Bility said in the two general elections and a by-election, he didn’t support Mr. George Weah and the Congress for Democratic change (CDC), but this election, he will campaign vigorously for Africa’s football legend.Though, he didn’t state while he is not supporting BYC Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Sirleaf, reports said his support is a payback to Mr. Weah when he was indefinitely suspended from all football activities by CAF Executive Committee.Snowe’s declaration didn’t come as a surprise owing to the continuous dispute between him and Robert Sirleaf over wide range of issues including the ownership of “Oil Blocks.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drivers Hike Transport Fares Again

first_imgAs public outcry against the increase in transportation fares continue, commercial drivers have again stepped up fares to all destinations in Monrovia.On Monday February 23, fares from Red-Light Market to central Monrovia were  increased from LD$60 to LD$100.00, which resulted to hundreds of commuters being stranded.Despite the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry’s decision to reduce transportation prices six weeks ago, drivers on several occasions make their own prices, when conditions favor it.The arbitrary increase of transport fares has sparked  bitter confrontation between  drivers and commuters.Reports from Duala have confirmed that some drivers have also stepped up fares.In several interviews with commuters, they sounded urgent calls to the Ministries of Transport and commerce for intervention.In an interview at the Red-light Market on Monday morning, businessman Patrick B. Bolton said that until the MOT and MOCI act now, the situation would degenerate.Central Monrovia’s businesswoman Patricia M. Philips, 58, noted that until the MOT and MOCI’s Ministers can graduate from issuing empty and sugar-coated utterances and promises, the situation would continue to worsen.Mrs. Philips said the Liberian government must muster the courage to ensure the practical enforcement of its regulations.Civil servant Thomas B. Kollison, 64, said adjusted transport fares’ must be enforced.Foreign merchant Allie B. Hassan, 55, of Duala General Market said the ministries involved must set example by enforcing their own regulations.Waterside businessman Sam B. Kun, 48, intimated that commercial drivers must be monitored to ensure compliance of government’s decision.“I suggest the MOT and MOCI  employ transport fare regulators,” Mr. Kun pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Elect Us to Stop the Marginalization’ -ANC’s Alex Cummings

first_imgANC political leader , Alexander B. CummingsThe standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings, has told a large gathering in Greenville, Sinoe County that southeastern counties will no longer be marginalized if they elect him president. Mr. Cummings said bad roads and lack of basic infrastructure, including electricity and pipe-borne water in the southeast, are enough to prove the marginalization of the region. The ANC political leader said it is obvious that the country’s 170 years of independence does not match her development; therefore, “only change can bring development and create jobs.”Speaking on Wednesday night in Touh Community Hall, Butaw Junction, and in Greenville City Hall, both in District #1, he called on partisans and sympathizers to vote for Mr. B. Geplaye Nyensuah, a representative aspirant for the Butaw District #1 seat in the House. Mr. Nyensuah is contesting against Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh, who is seeking his third term. Geplaye is the junior brother of former Deputy Health Minister for Epidemics, Tolbert Nyensuah.“If we keep electing the same people our lives won’t change…if you want your life to change, for a better road, good health facilities and schools, you have to elect a new president and vice president for change, and also representative aspirant Nyensuah,” Cummings said. “Elect us to stop the marginalization for better lives…because you deserve a better Liberia.”The gathering recited after Mr. Cummings: “I believe in myself, I believe in Liberia, I believe we deserve a better Liberia, a better Butaw, I believe if we work together, work harder and elect different leaders we can have a better Butaw and Liberia.”Also, during the formal program marking the ANC District #1 rally and a special welcome of its standard bearer to Sinoe County, Greenville City Mayor Tito Seton thanked the people of the county for waiting for about nine hours for the arrival of the ANC and its standard bearer, who entered Greenville by 9:31pm. Mr. Seton said the road condition, which delayed the ANC delegates, is a testimony of their marginalization, and urged the ANC that if elected it must prioritize the southeast to improve the lives of the people. “The roads are very bad and we hope as a son of the southeast if elected you will come to our help,” Seton said.Earlier, on Thursday morning, the United Grebo Association in Sinoe County presented kola nuts, pepper and a white chicken in a brief welcome ceremony. Mr. Cummings and his wife, Teresa, participated in the breaking and eating of the kola.The supervising principal of Sinoe County, Cheslie Mennoh, presented a statement to the ANC standard bearer asking for the establishment of a library, a laboratory and more schools. Mr. Moses Koffa, Speaking on behalf of the ANC Youth Movement in Sinoe County, asked the ANC to help enhance their efforts in the October 10 campaign and erect youth and technical centers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Skipper Weah Launches Football Practice Matches

first_imgThe President in meeting with members of the House of Representatives Rep. Saah Joseph failed to pull a goal despite his impression President Weah in possession of the ball against the LEG of the House of Representatives Good Health Thru Sports in Govt1 of 5 President Weah in possession of the ball against the LEG of the House of Representatives-Against Branches of Gov’t, MinistriesFormer football icon (President) George M. Weah has formally announced “hanging his jersey” in the Intra-Governmental Tournament, and has officially launched practice sessions against other branches of government, including ministries, autonomous agencies, corporations, among others, on Saturdays.The former captain of the Legislature, (2014 – 2016, President Weah), on Saturday, at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) sports pitch on UN Drive, led the Ministry of State (MOS) in the first ceremonial practice match against his former side, the LEG of the House of Representatives.The President’s two goals were enough to thrash the Legislature.At least 40 members of the House of Representatives were in attendance, including Speaker Bhofal Chambers and Deputy Speaker Prince K. Moye. The 52-year-old former 1995 World Best Player lacked stamina but still has the skills and tactics to lead his side to victory.Reps. Samuel Kogar, Saah Joseph, Ivar Jones, Lawrence Morris, Dickson Seboe, Hanson Kiazolu and Albert Hill could not pull a goal against the President’s outfit. Coach (Rep.) Solomon George blamed his team’s defeat to lack of preparation but said there will be a return leg.The football practice is the president’s way of working out to good health.  “No matter your age or fitness level, training or exercises can help you get in shape and lower your risk of disease,” the president told members of the House of Representatives.The 2018 Intra-governmental league is expected to begin next month at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The Intra-governmental tourney is meant to reawaken the spirit of togetherness and unity, and to solidify intra-governmental relationship. The tournament provides the opportunity for senior managers, junior managers, and ordinary employees to interact.center_img The President goals against the Legislature was enough Speaker Bhofal Chambers and other members of the House are watching the game Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accessible parking crusade a hit in Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto: The accessible parking placard campaign has been a huge success in Fort St. John – file photo.A local accessibility activist says an awareness campaign held in December has “taken on a life of its own.” Lori Slater says it all started when the City proclaimed December as Accessible Parking Awareness Month.- Advertisement -Then, the Mayors Disability Advisory Committee designed placard cards that read, “If you don’t want to be in my place, please don’t park in my space.” The cards are meant to be placed on windshields of vehicles illegally parked in accessible parking areas.Slater says the placards are bringing awareness to Fort St. John residents. She says one lady even vowed to stop illegally parking in front of the local Post Office on 101st Avenue. [asset|aid=2367|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5d5fc975ffd11fd5f88a5fecf969d45a-Lori Slater 2_2_Pub.mp3] Slater adds the placards have inspired some community members to adapt a ‘people policing people’ crusade. Advertisement Although Slater says she’s astounded by the campaign’s success, she says she wishes the plan was implemented earlier. [asset|aid=2368|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5d5fc975ffd11fd5f88a5fecf969d45a-Lori Slater 1_2_Pub.mp3]Anyone interested in obtaining a placard can call Lori Slater at 250-787-1912.last_img read more

Trojans ready to go this time

first_imgThere was a time Nick Young, Gabe Pruitt and Lodrick Stewart would get intimidated the moment they stepped on the Pauley Pavilion court. It could be seen in their eyes, understood in their words and interpreted from their mannerisms. That wasn’t the case Wednesday. The USC players came to UCLA itching for another chance at their cross-town rivals. The result was unlike past USC games at Pauley Pavilion but much like last month’s game at Galen Center. The Trojans raced out to a double-digit lead, controlled most of the game but could not finish as UCLA kept control over the cross-town rivalry and held onto sole possession of first place in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 70-65 victory. “We weren’t afraid of them,” Young said. “We came out making shots and went on a little bit of a run, but we knew they were going to come back. They’re on their home court.” Last year at Pauley Pavilion, USC lost the moment the players stepped timidly on the court. The Trojans trailed 18-2 after sevenminutes on their way to a second-consecutive 20-point loss in the arena. The Trojans knew they blew last month’s one-point loss to UCLA, a game they led by 10points in the second half. They entered Pauley Pavilion angry – even with a sense of entitlement – and led 20-10 after six minutes. center_img Young (20), Pruitt (16) and Stewart (13) combined for 49points when they had totaled 35 in a collective seven previous games at Pauley Pavilion. But the Trojans (18-7, 8-4) couldn’t hold on to another 10-point lead over the Bruins. Aaron Afflalo gave the Bruins their first lead, 50-48 with 5:48 remaining, on a slam dunk off a pass from Darren Collison, who had stolen the ball from Pruitt. Then came the biggest possession of the game. Josh Shipp twice rebounded his own miss before finishing a layup and being fouled. Stewart slammed down the ball, drawing a technical. UCLA made three free throws and the five-point possession put the Bruins ahead 55-52. Neither Stewart nor coach Tim Floyd would talk about the play. “It was frustrating because they were making a run on us when we had them the whole game,” Stewart said. USC players went down shooting, with Dwight Lewis, Pruitt and Young all draining 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds. But it wasn’t enough. Maybe prep phenom O.J. Mayo can put USC over the hump in the rivalry next season. But the Trojans are hoping for sooner than that. “We feel we can win,” Young said. “I want to see them again in the Pac-10 Tournament now, on a neutral court.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Report published on minimum wage and British Columbia

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Chief Regulatory Officer of the Human Resources Management Association is encouraged by the recent increase in the debate over raising B.C.’s minimum wage.Rock Lefebvre was co-author of a report entitled ‘Minimum Wage — Should British Columbia Adapt?’ As reported earlier, the association has called for the establishment of a public advisory panel which can bring together a wide range of stakeholders on this issue.That hasn’t happened yet, but Lefebvre believes it could occur by September and sees events like the BC Federation of Labor, Fight for 15 protest rally last week in Vancouver — and others like it across the country — as part of a push in that direction.- Advertisement -Lefebvre is hopeful that by the fall there will be something definitive regarding a multi-stakeholder discussion, but while again emphasizing the Association is not welded to any rate. When asked about the realty of a jump of more than $4 to $15 an hour, he said:We also asked him about the often heard argument that a rate of $15 an hour is now required in order to properly address the poverty line.last_img read more

Bayern to appeal Mueller suspension for Liverpool tie

first_imgMueller was shown the first straight red card of his career for kicking Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico in the head.The 29-year-old will definitely miss the away leg at Anfield on February 19, but Bayern hope a successful appeal would mean Mueller could play the return at the Allianz Arena on March 13.Mueller apologised following the sending-off, insisting he meant to kick the ball.“No, no, of course I didn’t mean to do it. It wasn’t intentional,” Mueller told reporters, but Bayern coach Niko Kovac said the red card was the correct decision.Mueller has five goals and six assists in 25 matches in all competitions this season.Like Mueller, Ajax midfielder Maximilian Woeber has also been given a two-match suspension for his horror tackle, in the same game, on Bayern’s Leon Goretzka which also led to the Austrian international being shown a straight red.Woeber will miss both legs of Ajax’s last-16 tie against holders Real Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich striker Thomas Mueller is suspended for both legs of their Champions League last 16 matches against Liverpool for this kick on Ajax’s Argentine defender Nicolas Tagliafico during December’s 3-3 draw in Amsterdam in the group stages. © AFP/File / EMMANUEL DUNANDBERLIN, Germany, Jan 11 – Bayern Munich said Friday they will appeal the two-match Champions League suspension handed to Thomas Mueller which means the Germany international will miss both legs of their last-16 tie against Liverpool.European football’s governing body UEFA handed Mueller a two-match ban on Friday following his sending-off in the 3-3 draw away to Ajax in their final group game last month.last_img read more

DONEGAL PROPERTIES WORTH ALMOST €1 MILLION TO GO UNDER HAMMER

first_imgThe commercial premises in Letterkenny which goes under the hammer with a reserve price of €740,000.Properties in Co Donegal worth almost €1 million will go under the hammer at All-Sop auctions in December.The most notable property is a mixed commercial premises on Letterkenny’s Lower Main Street which contains Boot’s Chemist and Nature’s Way health shop which has a reserve price of €740,000.The combined rental income from these premises is more than €200,000 per annum. Other lots in Co Donegal to go under the hammer are three separate apartments at Railway Court which each have reserve prices of €20,000.Eske Cottage in Lifford has a reserve price of €25,000.Meanwhile a terraced house in Lifford is also to be sold at the auction.Eske Cottage, which is on the Letterkenny Road, is a two bedroom home with a reserve price of €25,000.A 1.74 acre site in Carrigart will also be put up for sale with a reserve price of €5,000. The properties will go under the hammer at two All-Sop auctions in Dublin in December. DONEGAL PROPERTIES WORTH ALMOST €1 MILLION TO GO UNDER HAMMER was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All SOps Auctiondonegalpropertieslast_img read more