Azkals score home win

first_imgBACOLOD CITY—Playing in his home pitch, Patrick Reichelt struck in the 78th minute as the Philippines subdued Singapore, 1-0, late Tuesday night to open its AFF Suzuki Cup on a winning note at Panaad Stadium here.Reichelt, the standout winger of Ceres-Negros, broke through the Singapore defense after brothers Phil and James Younghusband combined on the right as the Azkals finally unlocked a tight and compact Singapore defense.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It’s amazing, scoring at Panaad and getting the three points to start the tournament,” said Reichelt. “We had some problems at the start, but we changed the game in the second half. James (Younghusband) helped us a lot and we made everything quicker.”The goal was a fitting reward for the pressure put in by the Azkals right from the start. The home side bossed possession, but couldn’t seem to find that final ball to break down the Singaporeans.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 ChrissStephan Schrock was excellent on the left and debutant Patrick Strauss also sparkled in midfield, holding his own against Singaporean star Harris Harun.More importantly, the Azkals picked up three points in what was considered as a potential banana skin for them. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Aside from Strauss, other newcomers were Curt Dizon, Stephan Palla, Joven Bedic and Adam Reed.Dizon and Bedic are capable of delivering even off the bench.Palla has plenty of experience playing in Europe but has been in and out of the squad due to injuries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 MOST READ Gabuco, Petecio ready for medal quest Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown They also gifted coach Sven Goran Eriksson a victory in his debut.“We’re happy we got the three points, but it was a difficult game,” said Eriksson. “Singapore was playing direct and they were very difficult to defend. But tactically we made some changes and we showed good fighting spirit.”Meanwhile, this year’s Suzuki Cup could see some breakout performances from a slew of newcomers for the Azkals.Eriksson named six players who made Suzuki Cup debuts with most of them expected to rise to the challenge as the tournament overlaps with the Fifa international window.“I think we have depth at almost every position,” said consultant Scott Cooper. “There’s been a lot of competition in the squad and it can only help us improve especially with a big challenge in front of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

NU draws ‘favorite’ label

first_img“NU will be the team to beat,” said Mapua assistant coach Ian Racela. “Especially with the addition of Carl Tamayo, Kevin Quiambao and Gerry Abadiano, they’re really complete.”The Bullpups are in Group A alongside NCAA semifinalists Jose Rizal University and Northern Luzon champs University of Baguio.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 ChrissSan Beda, FEU and Cesafi squad University of Cebu are in Group B. UST, La Salle Greenhills and Fcaaf powerhouse Hope Christian High School are clustered in Group C, while Mapua, Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek are in Group D.The top two teams in each group after a single round robin will qualify to the knockout quarterfinals phase. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite NU being the favored squad, NCAA champions Mapua and other topnotch programs will provide legitimate challenge.High school stars such as Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School and RJ Abarrientos of FEU are also expected to suit up.“All teams are even, they’re all tough,” said Hope head coach Stevenson Tiu.JRU head coach Vic Lazaro echoed the same sentiments.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ POC: Settle dispute among yourselves Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil All eyes will be on defending champion National University when the 7th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship Rain or Shine Cup tips off on Dec. 15 at SGS Gym in Quezon City.The Bullpups will be bringing in heavy reinforcement for the annual meet of the top high school teams.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Knicks waive Enes Kanter, Wesley Matthews after trade deadline

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 LeBron James blasts timing of Mavs’ Harrison Barnes trade Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The center from Turkey was acquired from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade in September 2017 and averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. He had become frustrated after first losing his starting spot and then any spot at all in recent weeks.General manager Scott Perry says Kanter “passionately embraced our franchise and our city,” adding that “he is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMatthews was acquired last week from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade and played in two games. The veteran swingman is averaging 12.8 points this season.Players on an NBA roster have to be waived by March 1 in order to be eligible to sign with another team an appear in the postseason. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks looks on in the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2019 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Knicks have waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run.The Knicks were unable to find a trade before Thursday’s deadline for Kanter, their former starting center who had fallen out of the rotation altogether with New York having the worst record in the league and focusing on its younger players.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Access to main venue won’t be a problem–Phisgoc

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Coaches, officials and spectators are expected to number thrice as much when the Games are held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Infrastructure developer MTD Philippines’ project director Rear Adm. Miguel Rodriguez said the construction of the facilities is “53 percent complete.”That includes the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium and the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center, as well as the Athletes Village, River Park and bikeways and jogging paths.ADVERTISEMENT The agency in charge of building the main hub of competition for the Southeast Asian Games in New Clark City later this year assured on Tuesday that ample access to the venue would be available for the influx of athletes, officials and spectators.Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) deputy director general Arrey Perez said that among the measures they are taking is the construction of a 12-kilometer access road from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) straight to New Clark City.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “By the first week of October, we will have a six-lane access road from the nearest link in SCTEx,” said Perez, also the mayor of the Athletes Village and head of security service.The colorful opening and closing ceremonies, highlights of regional multievents, will be held at the new facility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFree bus rides from the neighboring towns of Bamban and Capas in Tarlac, and Angeles in Pampanga will also be provided.Organizers are expecting more than 10,000 athletes to see action in the Games, most of them will be in New Clark City, which will stage 20 events, including main attractions track and field and swimming. Subplots galore in NBA All-Star Game Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Transforming Our Beaches

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Transforming Rural Settlements into Engines of Socio-economic Growth

first_imgA German humanitarian has urged Liberians and their support partners to join in the transformation of rural communities/settlements into vibrant socio-economic belts for development, growth and progress.Mr. Rudolf Janke made the statement recently in the transformed village of Konjorloe/Konjorlahun while discussing with women, chiefs and elders on the importance of micro-credit for their socio-economic improvement in Foya Statutory District, Lofa County.For the past four years, Mr. Janke and his support partners in Germany and Liberians in the United States of America have assisted the citizens and residents of Konjorloe and other villages in the areas of sanitation and infrastructure development.As a result of such accomplishments, other sustained plans are now being worked out to include other villages that have demonstrated some initiative in maintaining the critically needed sanitation facilities.Mr. Janke and partners through the Village People’s Empowerment (VIPE) has rendered assistance to rural dwellers through the reconstruction of Konjorloe, a village that was completely destroyed during the 15 years civil conflict in Liberia.Mr. Janke, women, men and a team of professional Liberians of VIPE have worked hard and restored critical sanitation facilities such as modern bathrooms and latrines.The German national reminded the interest free soft loans beneficiaries that paying the loans on time were critical to the extension of similar assistance to other needy communities in the Foya Statutory District.According to him, livelihood components in the form of goats, sheep and others could not be sustained due to the destructive nature of the domestic animals to crops such as rice, cassava and variety of foodstuffs.He said that VIPE is also providing some assistance to the school feeding program and some of the teachers are being paid by local non-governmental organizations.The VIPE team and Mr. Janke also developed strategies that have enabled the citizens and residents of Konjorloe to build better houses through soft loans under a revolving scheme for the past four years of operations.Other critical projects undertaken and completed include rehabilitation of the school, a new mid-wives’ residence and recruiting business instructor Florence Korsor to train the rural women in better business practices.Despite the multiple challenges in working with the rural dwellers so they can understand the repayment of the interest of the free soft loans, significant progress has been made in the lives of the citizens and residents of Konjorloe.In separate interviews the residents of Konjorloe village expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Janke and the team from the VIPE for the assistance over the years.Beneficiary Tawah Kumba Borwah, 45, told the Daily Observer that the interest free soft loan initiative has transformed her life and her family of five children.“I really want the soft loan initiative to be extended to other villages in the area,” Madam Borwah stressed.Madam Lusu Momo, 48, said that the soft loans have given their house hold splendid socio-economic benefits such as the paying of school fees and other social benefits.“Me and my family of six children have greatly benefited as we now live in a better house and have good sanitation facilities,” explained Madam Momo.In related developments, plans are being developed to educate more trainers of the micro-credit component of the VIPE’s socio-economic empowerment of rural Liberians in that part of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman Accused of Having Poisonous Substance

first_imgA woman in her 20s, accused by Caldwell dwellers of having a poisonous substance, was detained by police on August 11.Meima Zack of the West Point Community was “rescued” by Zone 7 Base Police officers in the Caldwell community at about 3 p.m.According to officer Bitee N. Williams at the Zone 7 Base, she was picked up after officers received a call that Meima was being mobbed because of suspected “poisonous” snacks.”The suspect is not under arrest, and is just here until we can identify her family. We had to go and rescue her after residents saw her in their community with a black plastic bag.”The people thought that she looked suspicious after they opened the plastic and saw stick candy (lollipops) and cookies inside. After she refused to eat it, they jumped on her,” Officer Williams added.According to Pastor Maxwell, who first came in contact with Meima, she claimed to have been looking for a room to rent in Caldwell but was told by the pastor that he had no available rooms.”I told her that we weren’t renting any rooms while my wife gave her water to drink,” the pastor said.  “We then showed her to the next yard that had an empty room. She only appeared confused when I last saw her.”Some have suggested that the woman has a mental disorder because of her inability to communicate and identify herself.  She wore a white tank-top with a grey t-shirt which she converted to skirt.  Her hair was short and uncombed.Also, the man who discovered Meima sitting on Maxwell’s neighbors’ porch noticed her strange appearance and asked for  her identity and about the contents of the plastic. The man has requested to remain unnamed.”I started walking behind her after she acted like she wanted to go. She pointed to another house, suggesting that she had people there.  But when the people of that house denied knowing her, that’s when other people came around and started investigating her and saw that she had candy and biscuits in her bag. We told her to eat the candy and biscuits and she refused! Why should she refuse?” He questioned.Meanwhile, Officer Williams said that officers at their depot tested the candy and cookies by eating them, along with Meima, too. “No poison is inside,” the officer explained. “We just have her here for her safety and to keep her from the crowd. Officers tasted the biscuits and candy and there was nothing poisonous inside them.  Meima hasn’t been able to give us her address or the names of any living relatives.  She seems a bit off track, but is not under arrest.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jonah Capital Donates 2 Vehicles to Nimba Ebola Task Force

first_imgThe Britain-owned mining company, Jonah Capital, on 7th October 2014 donated two brand new vehicles to the Nimba Ebola Task Force in the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus. Making the presentation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her tour of Nimba on 7th October 2014 in Sanniquellie, the Geologist consultant to the company, Mr. Emmanuel O. Sherman, said the donation was the company’s own way of contributing to the fight against Ebola in Nimba.He said Jonah Capital remains committed to the people of Nimba as they go through this time of the Ebola crisis.Along with the vehicles, they also gave 100 buckets, chloride, powder soap and among others.In response, President Sirleaf thanked the company for standing by the country during this tough period.“You are a good and honest partner in this time of needs,” she said.Jonah Capital is one of those mining companies that are on several mountain ranges across Nimba.Early this year, the mining company began the rehabilitation of feeder roads around the Twah River and Buu-Yao administrative districts where their exploration had been concentrated.The donation of these vehicles will surely enhance  the fast movement of health personals across the county.The two vehicles are all Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps, one is a pickup type that might likely be used to transport medical supplies while the other can be used to transport personnel or carryout needed support.The need for vehicles for the County Health Team in combating the spread of the Ebola virus were among the challenges the Nimba Health Officer, Dr. Collins Bowah, outlined to the President when toured the county recently. Dr. Bowah said, Nimba with 17 administrative districts has one ambulance and the task force was finding it very difficult to effectively cover all of the districts.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New foreign exchange controls a symptom Guyana is already contracting the ‘Dutch Disease’

first_imgDear Editor,Finance Minister Winston Jordan has been caught in his web of lies yet again. At a press conference held recently by Minister Jordan, he pontificated to local journalists the stability of the economy.Asked about measures to be taken by the Guyanese government – namely the Finance Ministry – his answers were half baked at best to give some sense there was no emergency.Every economist knows a significant influx of US currency into the Guyana economy will see the Guyana dollar losing its value and competiveness. This is an early symptom of the dreaded ‘Dutch Disease’, whereby companies and sectors operating locally will now have to confront the challenges associated with that influx of US currency.First oil is March 2020 at a time when there is expected to be a significant influx of US currency into Guyana.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is a creature of the State and cannot be held accountable for the recent currency exchange rates now being used across country. Bear in mind that Jordan recently mandated a limit between buying and selling the US currency locally.The eroding competitiveness of the Guyana Dollar has already begun to take its toll on export sectors. Importers will also now be paying more for their imports. Simply put, now that the price for buying a US dollar has been increased to G$208 for US$1, it means that importers will have to increase their prices.An importer who previous paid US$1 for an item at an exchange rate of G$200, will now have to find G$8 more to make the same purchase that is still being sold internationally at US$1.Consider this being replicated across the other competitive sectors. When a fertiliser agent previously paid US$10 for a bag of chemicals at G$200 for US$1, he too will have to now find more Guyana currency to pay for the same item at the same prices previously paid. The difference in the price increase has to do with the strength of the Guyana Dollar.Guyana is already contracting the ‘Dutch Disease’; its already crippled agricultural sector with the influx of US currency as a result of oil will no doubt bring additional pressures on the already struggling sector.Manufacturing across the country will take its toll since the price of fuel on the world market has also been steadily increasing and has been holding at a three-year high.What this means is that the oil companies are poised to do well and government can look to 2020 with a smile on that front, but it also means that the cost of energy will undoubtedly also skyrocket. I predict pretty soon the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) already saddled with numerous loans and capital costs, will soon increase it rates for both residential and businesses.This would obtain since the billions in surplus made by GPL and the likes of the Guyana Oil Company when oil prices were lower was instead squandered through the ad hoc arrangements employed at the order of sailor Minister Winston Jordan.As the price of electricity and transportation increases across country, these costs will no doubt be passed on to consumers, and businesses – in business for a profit ultimately – will have no choice but to pass on the additional overhead costs to the Guyanese consumer.The ambitiously low inflation targets set by Minister Jordan could very likely reach double-digit figures by the end of the year. This since Government expenditure continues to rise, revenue sources have all but dried up and once productive sectors are now not only struggling but are now on the brink of extinction in some cases – think sugar.To compound this escalating situation, Guyana’s Business Ministry has in three years implemented not a single measure that has proved to be in aid of local industry; instead the Administration has resorted to doling concessions above and beyond what was done by the previous Administration; this, even though they complained bitterly ‘Jagdeo gave away Guyana.’Guyana’s Private Sector is under threat and the David Granger Administration has not only done nothing to mitigate the pressures but in some cases have exacerbated the situation.The David Granger’s economic tunnel vision pinned on the emerging oil and gas sector has already seen the contracting the ‘Dutch Disease’. Extreme situations call for extreme measures. Guyana’s economy in recent weeks was poised to flatline in 2020 ahead of first oil as the life-line, the new currency measures implemented by the GRA has now placed the country on an economic trajectory diagnosed only as ‘Dutch Disease.’Sincerely,Peter R Ramsaroop, MBA, PHDEconomic Advisor to the political Oppositionlast_img read more

President and his Cabinet should do the right thing

first_imgDear Editor,In light of the ticking constitutional clock, the suspicious silence of the unilaterally appointed GECOM’s Chairman Justice (retired) James Patterson, puts GECOM under the radar for highest scrutiny. Whatever the reason for President David Granger’s unilateralism, no skullduggery will be accepted as we arrive at the crossroads.The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr Keith Lowenfield are bungling with the necessary preparation for Regional and National Elections which are constitutionally due not later than March 19, 2019. This lack of accountability and transparency is very awkward, invites a crisis, and will have significant consequences for all and sundry.In the past, Chairman Patterson publically spoke about the confidence he has in the GECOM staff. Further, the GECOM Public Relations Officer (PRO) reassured Guyanese that GECOM will be ready to carry out its function when called upon. This column, therefore, demands in the interest of all citizens, drastic changes to their ‘pussyfooting’ approach by the CEO and Chairman. This column definitively calls for swift decisive action in executing the business of their obligated constitutional responsibilities.We note the calls of Commissioners and Staff members at GECOM who are very worried and have asked serious questions about the inventory of the existing stocks at the GECOM head office located at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara. The fact that there ought to be tens of millions of dollars in stock there and the lack of audit over several years is of strongest concern. It sets up the pitch for limitless and the familiar fraudulent practices already exposed by the Auditor General to be repeated as an excuse for short procurement timelines.I urge the immediate commencement of refresher updates for the thousands of staff recently trained and used at the Local Government Elections, and a strong criteria-based approach for persons who are selected to work by the Commissioners at the Secretariat. GECOM must also move to procure voter education delivery service in a fair and transparent way, towards the mandatory polls.We call on the President and his Cabinet to do the right thing and answer the Guyanese people at the Polls.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more