NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping ban

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from NLEX’s Road Warriors’ official Facebook account.The NLEX Road Warriors are standing by its embattled rookie Kiefer Ravena, who has tested positive for banned substances World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List.In a post on the team’s social media accounts, the Road Warriors vouched for Ravena’s character as an athlete with the star guard also possibly facing suspension in the PBA during his 18-month ban in Fiba competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “We stand by Kiefer—our athlete, teammate, and member of the NLEX family—at this time,” the statement read.“In the time we’ve worked with Kiefer, we have known him to be a man of integrity and honor. He has always abided by the principles of fair play and sportsmanship since he was a young boy, which he has continued to demonstrate in his career and as a role model to the youth through his civic activities.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from FibaSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Monday announced that Ravena failed the drug test after Gilas Pilipinas’ game vs Japan in Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers last February 25. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from Fiba Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Traces of Dimethylbutylamine, Methylhexaneamine, and Higenamine were found in Ravena’s system, substances that WADA has classified as prohibited.Ravena believes he ingested the banned ingredients through a pre-workout drink called Dust Extreme, which is readily available in the Philippine market.“While we as a team, do not condone the use of prohibited substances, we strongly believe that Kiefer would not knowingly take any such substance,” NLEX also said.“Kiefer has passed multiple drug tests conducted by the PBA since the time he joined the league, and has also passed previous tests conducted by the SBP and GAB. It was an honest mistake.”The Road Warriors also said they welcome SBP’s clarification from Fiba whether Ravena’s ban, which will last until August 24, 2019, would include his stint in the PBA, where is his playing only on his first year.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Putin says Nurmagomedov doesn’t deserve harsh punishment

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) and his father Abdulmanap (C) during their meeting at the Russia is a Sport State forum in Ulyanovsk on October 10, 2018. – Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title despite his role in a post-match brawl Saturday, UFC president Dana White said in a website posting October 10, 2018. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)Russian President Vladimir Putin met mixed martial arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on Wednesday, saying that he did not deserve harsh punishment for a recent post-fight brawl.The Russian strongman appeared on state television meeting the fighter, who defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title against Conor McGregor on Saturday, along with his father.ADVERTISEMENT Putin said that like other Russians he had “closely followed” the fight in Las Vegas and “got emotionally involved”.After the fight, Nurmagomedov jumped over the fence and apparently tried to attack his opponent’s training partner. The crowd was so hostile that the UFC president Dana White did not present the Russian with his belt.Nurmagomedov expressed no remorse, telling Putin he responded to “disrespect” and “provocations” from his opponent and that he hoped to be vindicated. Putin told him that a Russian must restrain himself while at home in his own country, which he called “a big family, but when attacked from the outside, may respond appropriately”.“In a family anything can happen, (but) we never allow ourselves to go beyond certain limits,” Putin said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES UAAP working on concussion protocol but admits ‘it’s hard to get consensus’ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nurmagomedov faces a possible suspension over the post-fight fracas and has not received his prize money, though he will keep his title.Despite the controversy, he has received a hero’s welcome in Russia and blasted his opponent as a “dimwit”.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 ChrissPutin gave the fighter a mild lecture over his behavior, but stressed that any Russian will respond forcefully to an attack from the outside.“I will ask your dad not to punish you harshly,” the president told the 30-year-old fighter from the mainly Muslim Dagestan region, adding that “you won worthily and convincingly”. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “But if they attack us from the outside, of course, not just you — all of us can jump in such a way, they won’t know what hit them,” said Putin, nevertheless cautioning Nurmagomedov that “it’s better not to take things so far”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton lead Bucks past Bulls in thriller

first_imgMOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Bucks (15-6) improved to 11-2 at home and bounced back from a close loss Monday at Charlotte. Chicago (5-17) lost its fourth in a row and for the eighth time in nine games.Brogdon finished with 24 points, five rebounds and six assists while hitting all six 3-pointers he attempted. Middleton added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.“I was just trying to be aggressive and take my opportunities where they were,” Brogdon said. “Khris and Giannis attract so much attention. Just knock down shots.”LaVine also had 24 points for Chicago and rookie guard Ryan Arcidiacano continued his stellar play in the last week with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Robin Lopez added 17 points off the bench.“I love how we’re competing right now,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I thought we did execute down the stretch. When we have our movement, we have a lot of great looks at the basket.”The Bulls again scored 40 points in the first quarter, equaling their total in the opening quarter on Nov. 16 in the first meeting between the teams.Parker had 10 points in the quarter and the Bulls shot 66.7 percent from the floor (12 of 18) to take a 40-30 lead.Antetokounmpo sparked a Bucks rally in the second and finished the half with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.Milwaukee outscored Chicago 33-22 in the second period to take a 63-62 halftime lead.A 3-pointer by Brook Lopez gave the Bucks a 77-72 lead with 7:40 left in the third quarter and prompted a Bulls timeout. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “I think they were rotating, sometimes they were taking away Giannis and getting a quick rotation to Khris and we got some good open looks on the backside. He’s a heck of a player.”Antetokounmpo just missed a third triple-double this season. He attacked in the paint and shot 14 of 21 from the field and 8 of 12 on free throws.“So far, I’ve figured out my spots and I know where I can be effective from,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’ve just got to keep being aggressive. I don’t think there are guys in the league that can guard me 1-on-1 down there.“But I think what makes this team great and what makes me great in this game plan is that I can pass the ball. I think teams are scared of that.”Antetokounmpo also had a crucial block of Parker’s shot with the score tied at 111 in the last minute, and the star forward then sank two free throws with 36 seconds left before the Bulls’ Zach LaVine tied the score with a reverse layup.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo had a season-high 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in an entertaining duel with former teammate Jabari Parker, who paced the Bulls with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.After several missed tips by Brook Lopez and a tap-out by guard Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon smartly passed the ball back to a wide-open Middleton at the top of the 3-point arc to set up the winning shot. Justin Holiday missed a 3 for Chicago that would have tied it in the final seconds.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 ChrissMiddleton’s game-winner was the only shot he took in the fourth quarter.“For several years, Khris has been a big shot-maker, a big-shot guy at the end of games,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “When you don’t get a touch, that can make it harder. Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton makes a three-point basket in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 116-113. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo kept doing his thing for the Milwaukee Bucks.But he still needed a helping hand from teammate Khris Middleton, who sank a clutch 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to send the Bucks to a 116-113 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Joel Embiid’s double-double powers 76ers past Knicks Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Arcidiacono sank a pair of 3s as the Bulls regained the lead at 82-80 before the Bucks responded with dunks by Antetokounmpo and Pat Connaughton sandwiched around a free throw by Middleton.The Bucks led 92-89 entering the final quarter.TIP-INSBulls: Second-year forward Lauri Markkanen is making progress in his recovery from a right elbow sprain sustained in training camp. He practiced Tuesday for the first time since being injured and worked out before Wednesday’s game. “The plan is to have him for a full-contact practice again (Thursday in Detroit),” Hoiberg said. “He will gradually get his rhythm and his timing and his conditioning back. It’s exciting.” Markkanen, an all-NBA rookie first-team selection last season, has missed the first 22 games. … G Denzel Valentine had left ankle surgery in Green Bay on Tuesday and will be out for the rest of the season. He is expected to return to full basketball activities in six months. … Parker is getting more comfortable with his new team and entered averaging 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. “He’s had a great couple weeks for us,” Hoiberg said. “We’re very tough to guard when he rebounds the ball and pushes it with pace. We’re using him all over, as the trail-spot attack guy and using him on the block, and he’s been a really good facilitator in those spots.”Bucks: Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova returned after missing two games with right knee soreness and had nine points and five rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Budenholzer said Ilyasova and third-year forward Thon Maker will be counted on to help make up for the loss of center John Henson, who had surgery on his left wrist Tuesday. Henson is expected to be out at least 12 weeks but could return this season. “We’ve played some really big lineups earlier in the season,” Budenholzer said. “Without John, we may play some smaller lineups and look at different combinations of guys. I think (Maker) knows what he needs to do.”UP NEXTBulls: Play at Detroit on Friday.Bucks: Play at New York on Saturday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or MOST READ View comments Hegerberg, one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, dismissed suggestions that the night was marred by the “twerk” request.“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that.”Solveig later tweeted an apology, saying Hegerberg “told me she understood it was a joke”.“Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended.”“People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Olympique Lyonnais’ Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women’s Ballon d’Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d’Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg said the introduction of a women’s Ballon d’Or was a “big step forward” for the game, playing down suggestions her historic victory was overshadowed after being asked to perform a “twerk” live on stage.The Lyon star — whose prolific form in front of goal helped the French club secure a third successive Champions League victory — edged out Danish forward Pernille Harder to claim the inaugural prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Hegerberg was Lyon’s top scorer with 15 goals in the Champion’s League — including one in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy. Harder had put the Germans in front in that game.Messi, Ronaldo comparisonsLyon also won the French title for the 12th season in succession, with Hegerberg top-scoring with 31 goals, and she continues to bang in the goals for her team who are top of the table again this season.Her goal-scoring exploits have led to comparisons with five-time Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and she felt that had made the difference for her compared to her Lyon colleagues.“I think the fact I scored 54 goals last season and 53 goals this year — it’s a lot of goals in one year,” she said.“I know it’s difficult to score 50 goals every season. It is a challenge. That is where I set the bar.”Hegerberg, whose elder sister Andrine plays for Lyon’s biggest rivals in France, Paris Saint-Germain, is a Norwegian international but has not played for her country since their disappointing showing at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.It remains to be seen if she will return to the national set-up in time for next year’s World Cup, which will be played in France with the final in Lyon.Of the other Lyon contenders, German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan came closest to Hegerberg, finishing third in the voting.Brazil’s Marta — recent winner of FIFA’s best player prize — placed fourth. The award is organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.center_img 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 anew Lyon defender Wendie Renard, a star for the French national team, said Hegerberg’s competitive spirit also made her stand out.“Ada is a competitor, she doesn’t like losing. We’re very similar in that sense,” said Renard.“Even the smallest detail in training makes a difference.“She’s a great goal-scorer. The slightest bit of space, and any ball that’s around, we know it’s in the back of the net.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk But the 23-year-old was asked if she would perform a sexually provocative dance by French host DJ, Martin Solveig, and appeared embarrassed as she rejected the request.Hegerberg later said: “He came to see me after and apologized. The Ballon d’Or is the most important thing.”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 Chriss“I am touched and very proud, for women’s football, for myself, for the club. I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff,” she beamed after joining men’s winner Luka Modric and men’s best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy.“It’s historic, it’s incredible, a great day for women’s football and a big step forward.”last_img read more

Broner must be in best shape to stop Pacquiao

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Mayweather is next–Roach The 25-year-old Gonzales was Pacquiao’s final sparring partner in the training camp here, clashing for four rounds on Saturday.Gonzales swore he felt the full power of the lone eight-division world champion.In total, he sparred with Pacquiao for 20 rounds.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 Chriss“I think he caught me with the hardest shot I have been hit with,” said Gonzales. “He caught me with a left cross. I felt it today, and he connected straight to my face. He did hit me with upper cuts to the body.”Over the course of three weeks, Gonzales swore Pacquiao was at his sharpest. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gonzales sure knows what he’s talking about.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ “I think he (Pacquiao) stops him in the later rounds, he’s gonna overwhelm Broner, I think,” Gonzales said. “He punches way too much, he switches angles and Broner does not do much. He takes a lot of breaks and stays in the back.”All in all, Freddie Roach said speed will be the key to Pacquiao retaining his World Boxing Association (WBA) regular welterweight title.“I said [to head trainer Buboy Fernandez] that we work on speed. Speed is the big factor, that’s gonna be the difference in the fight,” added Roach.But Gonzales swore that aside from speed, Pacquiao’s timing is also a lethal weapon.“I mean he (Broner) better be in the best shape of his life because Manny’s gonna be unstoppable. Even though he’s 40 years old, he’s moving in the ring like he’s 20 years young,” Gonzales said.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao (L) and Adrien Broner face off during a press conference at Gotham Hall in preparation for their upcoming match on November 19, 2018 in New York City. The match is set to take place on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPHOLLYWOOD—Take it from amateur American fighter Arnold Gonzales: Clashing with Manny Pacquiao is a painful experience.Gonzales, whose stance and built resemble that of Adrien Broner’s, said the American challenger, a four-division world champion, needs to be in his best shape to stand a chance against the Filipino icon on Feb. 19.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Overcoming hurdles

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “There’s no reason for us to give up because having psoriasis still allows us to do things we love. This is just skin-deep,” the 26-year-old middle blocker said.Psoriasis is a skin disorder where skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This causes bumpy red patches covered with white scales to grow on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. It is not contagious.Cignal chalked its first win in the tournament at the expense of PLDT Home Fibr, 25-22, 27-25, 25-19, in the first game.The HD Spikers, meanwhile, leaned on import Erica Wilson and Mylene Paat, who scored a combined 40 points as they recovered from losing their first game to the Cargo Movers.Cignal coach Edgar Barroga tweaked his roster and shifted Anastasia Artemeva to middle blocker, giving national team mainstay Paat to do her stuff at opposite.PLDT dropped to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next She didn’t let the red welts bother her too much on Thursday night as the flashy F2 Logistics leader helped her squad demolish Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Aside from having an ailing veteran, the Cargo Movers also played with only one import and a couple of absent pillars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut it hardly mattered against the Lady Realtors.Becky Perry and Ara Galang scored 14 points each to lead F2 Logistics, who is still without American Lindsay Stalzer—the three-time champion still seeing action in the Indonesian Proliga. 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 Stalzer is set to arrive this weekend but so far, the Cargo Movers have held their own, despite also missing skipper Cha Cruz and Kim Kianna Dy due to injuries.Perry and Galang provided enough firepower as the Cargo Movers left the Lady Realtors befuddled.“I needed to step up and not look for others who are not here,” Galang said.Middle blocker Majoy Baron chipped in 11 hits while Maraño added eight points as the Cargo Movers lodged their second straight win.Maraño said having the skin disease hasn’t stopped her from doing things that she loves, like volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAby Maraño swears she takes special care of her skin. So she thought it was such a cruel joke by fate when she was diagnosed with psoriasis.“As an athlete, people see my body on TV,” she said when asked about the care she gives her skin, adding that she sees her latest ordeal as another hurdle to overcome. “But I have since learned to accept that it is another challenge by God.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No comebacks for Jayjay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

World-bound

first_imgMOST READ Gilas Pilipinas celebrates after beating Kazakhstan to clinch a ticket to the Fiba World Cup in China. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines will make its way back to the Fiba World Cup, thanks in large part to Andray Blatche whose erratic performances in the past had coaching staff leaving him out of one qualifying window last year.The naturalized player completed an effort to remember on Sunday night in Astana, leading the Philippines to a 93-75 demolition of Kazakhstan and back to the global stage.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The win allowed the Philippines to finish fourth in Group F and with a superior 7-5 record compared to Lebanon, the No. 4 team in Group E with a 6-6 card.This will mark the second straight edition that the Philippines will be playing in the World Cup after 2014 in Spain where it won its first classification match in 40 years, an 81-79 overtime victory over Senegal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCoach Yeng Guiao acknowledged the importance of Blatche, whom he didn’t suit up in a game against Iran last November that put the Philippines on the edge after a 70-78 loss at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.“We didn’t have Andray, that was one big factor,” Guiao told Fiba.com, even as Blatche was already eligible for reinstatement that time after serving out a three-game suspension in the aftermath of the infamous brawl with Australia last year.On fireBlatche scored 17 points in the first quarter and cranked up the Philippine offense, finishing with 41—easily his best game in a Philippine uniform. “Andray was on fire,” Guiao said. “He just took over the game. If it weren’t for Andray, we would have been down by 15 points early.”Getting ClarksonAgence France-Presse (AFP) also reported that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is trying to convince Fiba to accept Clarkson as a Filipino citizen.“We have been trying to convince or discuss the matter with Fiba,” SBP president Al Panlilio told AFP. “Everyone is working on the matter and we will do everything we can.”“Based on our constitution, he is Filipino. He has a passport. But he got it after he was 16 years old,” Panlilio added.Fiba requires players to acquire a legal nationality before the age of 16.The international basketball federation also restricts each team to one naturalized player, meaning the Philippines would have to choose between the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ceres opens AFC Cup bid vs Myanmar’s Shan United Other key menJune Mar Fajardo also stepped up, taking over Blatche when the former Brooklyn Net and Washington Wizard picked up his fourth foul with 3:45 left in the third quarterBlatche was all praises for the reigning five-time Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, who was reported to be nursing flu-like symptoms since last week.“June Mar was really the game changer for us,” Blatche said. “We knew what was at stake for us, either we win or go home.”PH also demolished Qatar, 84-46, in Doha on Thursday.Japan, Iran, Jordan, Russia, Serbia and Cote d’Ivoire also punched tickets to the global cage meet slated in eight cities in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Three more countries—2 from the Americas and 1 from Europe—will complete the first ever 32-nation field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Levi Williams School Inducts Student Leadership

first_imgThe Levi C. Williams Middle School in Congo Town has inducted into office a new leadership of the 4th student council government to stir the affairs of the school for the next academic year.Performing the induction ceremony recently, the deputy director-general of media services at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, Sr., cautioned the students to remain disciplined and respectful at all times if they should succeed as students and good citizens.Rennie further urged the new student leadership to serve with humility and be selfless, while at the same time, making the best out of every critical issue.    Those inducted under the leadership of the 4th Student Council government were the president, Jeanne-Marie Johnson, vice president, Olga Kulee Bloh, and the secretary-general, Tred Service. Others were the speaker, Nula Vapila, student representative to the council, Dakale Momolu, and the Chaplin-general, Gibson Kollie.The Jeannie-Marie Johnson‘s leadership, which has already launched its first project of air condition and marker board will serve for one academic year. The air condition and the marker board projects are expected to be completed in May.In her statement of acceptance from Rennie’s charges to her leadership, Ms Johnson called on her fellow students to be unique and see themselves as “one of a kind, special, different, rare and especially undefined.”“We need to be identified by the attributes bestowed on us that will set examples for our future generation, therefore, I must inform you that being a president of this student body is a challenge, but I believe that I am qualified for this position,” student Johnson assured.To the faculty members, mentors, and her fellow elected officials, she assured them of her leadership preparedness to make the difference.“My mother once said, all people are unique, but there are good and bad fruits that can be noted in a leader. While no one is perfect, a leader must go by a higher standard because yelling, fist throwing and back biting is unacceptable in a leadership.”       She then assured the administration that her leadership will prioritize hard work, creativity, studiousness and progressiveness that will help the image of the school.Ms Johnson now president of the student council government, is a prospective graduate (9th grade). She has been in the school since she was three. She is now 14. Over the years, she has been an outstanding student; recipient of the school Eloquent and Super Reader Awards; a member of the French Club, and for two consecutive years, Jeannie-Marie diligently served as chairperson, Levi C. Williams Middle School Election Commission.The Levi C. Williams Middle School, which runs on the motto, “If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher,” was established to mould the minds of the young people mentally, socially, physically and academically. Over the years, the school has been training its students not only in academics, but also in student politics, drama, debate and mostly showcasing their talents as they progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: December 16, 2014

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Senator Weah Promises to Help Sayon Davis

first_imgFormer member of the national soccer team, Experience Sayon Davis, who suffered stroke more than two years ago, can now have peace of mind, because of a promise from newly elected Senator Ambassador George Weah that help is not far away.The two met in an emotional but exciting gathering last Thursday at the residence of Sayon Davis in New Kru Town, when Ambassador Weah was rounding up support for his senatorial election bid last Saturday.“I told Ambassador Weah I want to walk like everyone else,” Davis told the Daily Observer in an interview after the meeting. “I told him I need his help.”That help from Ambassador Weah, he said, would include both material and medical assistance that could enable him get physical therapy from any accomplished medical facility, including any Chinese clinics that are specialized in the recovery of stroke victims.Ambassador Weah’s visit was coordinated by CDC’s campaign chairman (Prof.) Wilson Tarpeh.As Ambassador Weah held a brief meeting with the ailing superstar, who was part of the victorious Lone Star team which in 1979 won the 6 Nation Soccer Tournament, hundreds of CDC’s supporters, who had heard about his presence, besieged the area.Sayon later told the Daily Observer that Ambassador Weah gave him assurance of all support that is necessary to get him back on his feet, God willing.“I told him I highly appreciate his exceptional interest in my welfare,” Sayon said; “and I pray for God to guide him to secure is dream.”Observers, many of them CDC sympathizers, expressed appreciation for Ambassador Weah’s visit to a former footballer in serious distress and in need of material and financial support.It is not the first time that Ambassador Weah is coming to rescue a former footballer in distress. In the late 1980s, he rescued LPRC-Oilers former coach George Taylor who had suffered a stroke.Weah, then actively playing in France, single-handedly provided much needed funds to enable Coach Taylor to get treatment in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, a gesture that was also complemented by Jonathan Sogbie, (Boye Charles), who was then playing in Switzerland.Ambassador Weah has also given health assistance to one of Liberia’s foremost goalkeepers, Boye Cooper, who died in a refugee camp in Nigeria several years ago, and had provided funds to get his remains back to Liberia for proper burial.“Ambassador Weah’s goodness has not been surpassed by any of his friends,” said someone familiar with Weah’s generosity.Sayon Davis, known as ‘Experience’ by his colleagues during his heydays, suffered from stroke more than two years ago, after his return from a coaching job in Nigeria. It happened immediately following the death of his oldest son, killed on assignment with the Liberia National Police.Without any support, Davis survives on the kindness of neighbors and friends. His sister, Doryen Peters, told our correspondent that she could be able to sustain her brother better once she is empowered with a business.Davis has made several appeals to humanitarian Liberians, including President Ellen John-Sirleaf, for assistance.With Ambassador Weah’s promised of assistance, residents in the area expressed gratitude to God for torching his heart, in order for him to come to the rescue of a man who many had said would receive his flowers, as it is done always in Liberia, when he is dead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawrence embraces party paramountcy and dictatorship – she must resign

first_imgDear Editor,“The only friends I got is PNC so the only people I gon give wuk to is PNC and right now I looking for a doctor who can talk Spanish or Portuguese and ah want one that is PNC”. No matter how much you spin it, these are hatred-filled, racist words spewed by the Chairman of the People’s National Congress (PNC), Ms. Volda Lawrence, who also happens to be a senior Government Member of Parliament and the Senior Minister of Public Health. Ms. Lawrence, in response to media inquiries, has since stood by these remarks to supporters of the PNC, an audience made up of Afro-Guyanese.Ms. Lawrence chided government officials who have not fully implemented APNU+AFC’s policy to give jobs and contracts to PNC members, supporters and friends, a policy emphasising that the only qualification for jobs and contracts is PNC-membership, support and friendship, not merit.Ms. Lawrence reiterated unequivocally the present PNC version of the 1974 Sophia Declaration of party paramouncy. She bluntly outlined the PNC’s racist perspective of governance in Guyana, clearly defining a policy of political victimization, governing with brute force and ignorance. Ms. Lawrence boldly reiterated the PNC DNA – bullyism, discrimination, nepotism and cronyism. Several days after, there is total silence from the Alliance for Change (AFC) and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). I am not shocked that Prime Minister Nagamootoo, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, all AFC leaders, the PNC Social Cohesion Minister, and Amna Ally, are silent. But I am deeply disappointed that the WPA’s Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, a senior Minister in APNU+AFC, is silent.The right thing to do is for Ms. Lawrence to resign as a Minister. The right thing for President Granger is to fire her. Does she not grasp that she is Minister of Public Health and a member of a government that serves all Guyanese? Outside of the obnoxious governance guidelines she outlined, Ms. Lawrence has previously provided enough reasons to disqualify her as a Minister. This is the same lady that defined rape by an uncle as a family matter, referring to it as “deflowering”. As a Minister, she was caught on video violently assaulting an innocent citizen during a protest at Red House. As a Minister, she has presided over a ministry responsible for billions of dollars in corrupt transactions.Her dark, menacing, ominous statements were equally moronic, mewing, mephitic, reckless and reprehensible. Ms. Lawrence declared war, demanding her colleagues in government fully implement the old PNC policy of jobs and contracts for card-carrying PNC members. She is emphatic that Guyana belongs to, is by, and for PNC members, supporters and friends. Ms. Lawrence essentially formalised a policy of discrimination as the APNU+AFC’s blueprint for governance, something Guyana has suffered from since May 2015 and between 1964 and 1992.Ms. Lawrence’s declaration is a version of the 1974 Sophia Declaration of party paramountcy made by the then Prime Minister, Forbes Burnham, at Congress Place. It is consistent with the way APNU+AFC has governed Guyana since May 2015. Just recently Kaieteur News’ Peeping Tom listed major appointments of APNU+AFC since May 2015, insightfully revealing these appointments were based purely on ethnic and political considerations, abandoning any pretense of merit. Ms. Lawrence’s statements provide the rationale for why hundreds of Guyanese public servants were fired since May 2015 – they did not fit ethnic and political considerations acceptable to the PNC.Ms. Lawrence’s verbal napalm is a consequence of the 2018 LGE debacle where the Guyanese people overwhelmingly rejected the PNC. It followed another version made by her other senior colleague, Minister of Presidency, Joe Harmon who earlier had said the time for niceness is over and that those who are not friends of the PNC will face the sting of the scorpion – you are either with us or against us. These statements followed the PPP thrashing of both the PNC and the AFC by a margin of 61 per cent (PPP) to 34 per cent (PNC) and 4 per cent (AFC).The closure of four sugar estates, firing of more than 7,000 sugar workers, unconscionable delay in paying their severance, freeze of wages for sugar workers with no increase since 2015, increasing lease and drainage fees for rice farmers, removing agriculture subsidies etc, firing of 2,000 Amerindian Community Resource Persons, are clearly part of the formula outlined in Ms. Lawrence’s verbal napalm. Hundreds of public servants lost their jobs on the basis of their race or their perceived political affiliation. Hundreds have been employed with ethnic and political affiliation as the only qualifications. In the meantime, APNU+AFC (PNC) has ratcheted-up political victimisation through trumped-up criminal charges against former PPP Ministers and government officials.Metastasizing dictatorship has become a centipede, taking over all aspects of our lives. Citizens are justifiably horrified by Ms. Lawrence’s deeming the majority of Guyanese second-class citizens. We can either speak out now or become pawns and victims in the evils of dictatorship. Decent citizens who care about our country, regardless of race and ethnicity, religion or political affiliation, cannot sit this one out. We must take a stand – silence is too perilous an option.Dr. Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

GTT launches Independence Night mega concert

first_img… investing significantly in independence celebration – CCOWith the golden jubilee anniversary activities already on the roll, GTT once again has indicated its support, this time with the hosting of its Independence Mega Concert slated for May 26 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.During a briefing of the event on Tuesday, the company announced the details of the concert which is anticipated to be a major highlight of the independence celebration.Speaking at the launching event, Chief Commercial Officer of GTT, Gert Post, expressed how elated the company is to be such an active supporter of the events that will highlight Guyana’s accomplishment of thriving as an independent nation for the past 50 years.Post made it clear during the briefing, that the company’s role in the events leading up to the celebration is primarily to give back to the country as it marks 50 years, noting that “we only turn 50 once.”Being one of the largest concerts to highlight the anniversary, a number of local, regional and international artistes are set to take the stage “by storm”, making it a monumental night and much so, anniversary.Post disclosed that the top artiste of the night would be renowned US hit artiste Sean Kingston, who definitely will be a top attraction for the show.In addition, coming in from the Region are chutney sensation, Ravi B; along with Jamaica’s young and upcoming artiste, Vershon; and soca ‘phenomenal’ Bunji Garlin.Meanwhile, form Guyana’s own array of artistes – Jackie Jaxx, Natural Black and Jumo have been confirmed as performing artistes for the mega concert.With the aim of giving back to its customers, the company will additionally be offering special packages for persons purchasing tickets at GTT’s stores countrywide.Post informed that since the venue is set to hold over 20,000 persons, the company will be rewarding the public domain for just supporting the initiative.He said that persons purchasing tickets at the price of $2000 and are on the ‘blue network’ will receive a complimentary one-month data plan or Top Up of $2000 which would be valid for seven days.Even those who are not part of the network will receive a complimentary SIM card in addition to one-month data plan.Special rates also exist for persons shopping at GTT’s stores for smartphones over the next few weeks leading up the concert.Commenting on what is the dollar figure attached to all the contributions that the company is making to the celebrations, Post said that the “company is investing significantly” in pulling off the activities.He however clarified that the company has gotten on board since it has recognised how monumental the celebration is and what great impact it would make on the country’s economy.Post assured that GTT will continue to support the Government in any way possible to make Independence 2016 a remarkable one that would be etched in the country’s history.Over the past few weeks, GTT had made a contribution of $1 million for the four nights of fashion extravaganza, as well as $2 million for GuyExpo.last_img read more