Fajardo all ears as he sits out Gilas practice

first_imgSpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos June Mar Fajardo observes the action as he rests his sore right knee.Limited to a spectator anew on Thursday, June Mar Fajardo still kept a keen eye on coach Chot Reyes’ schemes from the sidelines.“I’m watching what coach is teaching,” said Fajardo in Filipino as he sat the practice session out due to his sore right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Greg Smith welcomes naturalization for Gilas Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments But Fajardo’s dedication to learn remains as he tried to absorb every lesson in preparation for the 2017 Seaba Championships in May.“That’s why I’m here, that even though I’m not joining them on the floor, I’m seeing what coach wants us to run,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFajardo has yet to participate in the grind since the daily Gilas Pilipinas practices began last Monday.However, he shared that he would finally join the team when practices resume on Sunday in preparation for the 2017 PBA All-Star Week. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “I’ll be on the court next week,” he said.Fajardo will suit up for the Gilas squad in Cagayan de Oro on April 26 before teaming up with the Visayas All-Stars in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu on April 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Sugary politics

first_imgLast week, the Ministry of Finance’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) announced that it had secured a whopping $30 billion bond to revitalize the operations of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the three estates which fall under its management.The SPU, via its Head, Colvin Heath-London, also disclosed that the bond was secured on very favourable terms after hardball negotiations with a set of local and regional commercial institutions. He said the bond will have to be repaid over a five-year period by GuySuCo, but did not make public the specific details of the bond relative to the interest rate secured and the type of back arrangement that was agreed to by the GuySuCo and SPU team, which entered into the binding arrangement on behalf of the people of this country.After a series of investigations by this newspaper, and following the outcry of the Opposition, Mr Heath- London finally admitted that the loan was not accessed through financial concessional funding or Government Guarantee, but rather SPU had used the entire balance sheet of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) (which is a holding company) as collateral. The SPU explained that the monies secured would allow GuySuCo to reopen, on a ‘limited basis’, two estates, which would also see over 1200 workers being rehired to provide various services. The SPU boasted bold and revolutionary plans to redesign GuySuCo’s turnaround plan with a focus on marketing, sales, profitability, and the muchly touted concept of ‘value added’. The SPU’s announcement was taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, even though several stakeholders have been satisfied that incremental progress has been made by the Government following its callous and unfortunate decision to abruptly fire thousands of sugar workers, whose families were flung on the breadline.Others were suspicious of the entire announcement, especially as regards the rehiring of people who were made redundant just two months before without completely addressing the injustices committed by the Government against those workers, a large portion of whom are still owed their rightful severance payments and benefits. Some stakeholders view the move by the SPU as a clandestine attempt to get rid of GuySuCo’s indebtedness, so that it can honour its short-term debts. If this were done, then the entity would become more attractive to investors, who would not have to make a remarkable investment to turn a profit if they bought it.The truth is: the local civil society groups, politicians and stakeholders are not against the new vision and policies being articulated by the SPU under Heath-London’s leadership. They are more concerned about the mechanisms being employed to secure the final gains and desirable outcomes. Chief among their burning concerns is the question of transparency and accountability as far as the undertakings of the SPU and Government are concerned.Given the recent economic misfortune that has befriended the industry under the stewardship of Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, which saw sugar production declining by 40 percent despite support from the State, stakeholders are worried that the plan, while visionary, could be undermined if there is any attempt to re-allocate the management of GuySuCo or any estate to that Ministry.And, of course, they are concerned about the Government’s ability to ensure that it honours all aspects of the bond, because if Guyana defaults on its commitments, all of the assets — both moveable and immovable — that belong to GuySuCo and NICIL would be history, or lost.The Government’s SPU, therefore, must engage all local and regional stakeholders in order to benefit from the best advice on the implementation of its plans to turn the industry around. Its approach cannot be driven primarily by theoretical juxtapositions and writings about the sugar industry. Its approaches have to be informed by the experience of industry gurus and international market consultants trained in the field of value added production and marketing.In the end, GuySuCo which was built on the systems of colonisation, slavery and indentureship, must refocus itself as an entity concerned more about people and their socio-economic futures than just merely turning a profit.The SPU must become apolitical, as hard as it may seem, if any of the revolutionary plans it is contemplating are to be realized and sustained. In its struggle to rewrite the future of GuySuCo, it will definitely need the support of corporate Guyana, the united trades union movement, the body politic, and the people of Guyana if it is to succeed.last_img read more

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Alex Compton steps down as Alaska head coach, Jeffrey Cariaso takes over

first_imgONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 MOST READ Compton said he accepted Uytengsu’s request to step down from his post and allow Cariaso, the team’s deputy head coach, to take the reins.“Yesterday at his house, a man I deeply respect, Fred Uytengsu, sat down with me, looked me in the eye and asked me to step down,” said Compton in the statement. “I accepted his direction and have agreed to resign as head coach of the Alaska Aces.”“It has been an honor to coach such a storied franchise. I have made great relationships and have a lot of love for people in the organization. Being a part of the Alaska family has meant a lot to me and my family, and we will always treasure our time with the Aces,” added Compton.Taking Compton’s place is Cariaso who has been an Alaska icon since his playing days,  helping the team to the 1996 Grand Slam and returning in 2010 as the veteran voice in the Fiesta Cup triumph.Cariaso, for his part, thanked Uytengsu for the trust that was given to him in steering the Aces to a new direction.ADVERTISEMENT “Truly a blessing to elevate into this level of leadership. I am honored for the opportunity and genuinely humbled as I face the challenge,” said Cariaso. “Thank you Sir Fred and management for the trust. Certainly I will give my best, nothing else.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Want Tokyo Olympic tickets? No problem if you have $60,000 Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind hercenter_img LATEST STORIES Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft MANILA, Philippines—Alex Compton has stepped down as head coach of Alaska after 15 conferences and Jeffrey Cariaso has been tasked to take over his spot.ADVERTISEMENT Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View comments “We are very sorry to see Alex leave the team. He had a tremendous impact on the team and was very concerned with the players’ well-being on and off the court,” said Alaska in the statement Thursday.“We also share that winning (with integrity) is an important aspect of our team and are grateful that Alex stepped aside to pave the way for someone to lead the Aces to our next championship,” added Uytengsu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCompton was often regarded as one of the better coaching minds in the league having led the Aces to five Finals series in the five years he’s handled Alaska.Apart from his basketball culture, Compton spearheaded Alaska’s familial culture on and off the floor pushing his players to participate in social responsibilities.last_img read more

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Couple charged for cultivating cannabis

first_imgA couple from the North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) made an appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of cultivating an illegal plant.John Antonio and Diane Daniel both pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that on November 19, at North West District, they cultivated a prohibited plant, that is to say cannabis.However Daniels’ plea was changed to not guilty by the Chief Magistrate, after she offered her explanation of what transpired on the day in question. Her husband’s plea was maintained after explaining.Daniel’s, who was unrepresented, was refused bail after the prosecution noted the she did not supply the court with any special reason for such. She will make her next court appearance on February 20, 2017, at the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court.In mitigation, Antonio told the court that he lost his three sons sometime ago and that his house was destroyed by fire, not long ago. As such, he said he cultivated the plant to secure a better home.He was sentenced to three years imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000.last_img read more

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Medals matter more than cash to Man U

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, November 16 – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said the reason Alex Ferguson’s side continue to challenge for honours is because winning medals is more important than money to everyone at the club.Ferdinand has won five Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions League crown during his time at Old Trafford and insists that is what motivates players, rather than the big wage packets they pick up each week. United will be looking to keep their bid to regain their Premier League crown from rivals Manchester City going when they visit Norwich this weekend.“People talk about money and all the stuff that goes on around football, but to me, it just comes back to winning,” Ferdinand said.“It doesn’t matter how much money you have, at the end of your career, what you will be most proud of are your achievements.“If you have won things and continue to win things for this great club, that is something to talk about. I wouldn’t sit down and talk about how much money I have,” he added.“Football is the most important thing. At Manchester United, winning is definitely at the top of everyone’s agenda.”Ferdinand was not involved with England during the week as his international exile continues, so he should be raring to go for the visit to Norwich.“We quite enjoy playing away from home,” he said. “We have great players on the counter-attack and if we are under a bit of pressure, we know can cause a bit of trouble at the other end.”Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney missed internationals during the week for the Netherlands and England respectively, but should be fit to return while Nani remains a doubt following a recent hamstring problem suffered against Braga.Jonny Evans, who missed Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying draw with Azerbaijan, is a doubt while Phil Jones, Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic are expected to remain out.Meanwhile, Ferguson is happy to see Norwich boss Chris Hughton start to do well after a tough baptism at Carrow Road.The Canaries have gone five games unbeaten since a 1-0 win over Arsenal last month and while Ferguson is hoping to scupper that run, he is expecting a tough game after United edged past their opponents last season only thanks to a late Ryan Giggs goal which gave them a 2-1 win.“It wasn’t an easy game (last season) and you saw Norwich’s performance against Arsenal. I’ve got a lot of respect for Chris Hughton,” said the United manager.“I think he’s done a fantastic job at Birmingham and Newcastle and, with that performance against Arsenal.“You think they’ve maybe turned the corner in terms of Chris’s introduction there as manager. I hope not when it comes to our game, mind you,” Ferguson added.Norwich boss Hughton has revealed Alex Tettey is fit after overcoming a back injury, while Steven Whittaker came through 90 minutes unscathed for Scotland against Luxembourg. But Russell Martin remains out with a back problem.Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass has put the Canaries’ resurgence down to a strong work ethic in the squad.“There is a great work ethic and a great belief around the place,” he said. There are no big-time Charlies or players that get carried away with themselves.“This club is built on the success from League One and the Championship. The boys have got a point to prove. They’re all young, hungry lads and we have to keep building on it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘I would drive him to the airport!’ – See which player this Chelsea fan is discussing

first_img Pedro scored on his Chelsea debut at West Brom Reports on Wednesday emerged from Spain suggesting winger Pedro is growing increasingly unhappy at Chelsea and wants a return to Barcelona. Just three months after arriving at Stamford Bridge for £19million, the Spaniard is rumoured to have told friends, including Cesc Fabregas, that he regrets the move and he would jump at the chance to return to Catalonia. Pedro, 28, has scored twice in nine appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side, who are struggling in their attempts to retain the Premier League title. With former team-mate Lionel Messi injured at Barcelona, Pedro could be forgiven for wondering what could have been, as he would possibly have slotted into the front three in the Argentine’s absence, alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar. He reportedly chose champions Chelsea over Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United and Red Devils, Chelsea and other football fans have been reacting to the rumours on social media… 1last_img read more

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Wolves 0-1 Newcastle: Aleksandar Mitrovic strikes as Magpies return top

first_img Aleksandar Mitrovic struck in the first-half to keep Newcastle’s season on track 1 Newcastle moved back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s first-half strike earned them a 1-0 win against Wolves at Molineux.Mitrovic struck 60 seconds before half-time with his sixth goal of the season to give Rafael Benitez’s side an 11th away win of the campaign, which sees them leapfrog Brighton and move a point clear at the top of the table following the Seagulls’ 4-1 defeat of Burton earlier in the day.The Serbian’s strike left Wolves seething – they felt the striker should have been sent off for a 27th minute challenge on goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, 13 minutes after he had been booked for a foul on Richard Stearman.A second successive defeat leaves Wolves only six points clear of the relegation zone ahead of a huge clash against second from bottom Wigan at Molineux on Tuesday.Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey received a hostile reception from the Wolves fans. After the teams last met in September, Shelvey was banned for five games and fined £100,000 for using racially abusive language against Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss.Saiss was not involved in this game as he has to wait to win a recall following his return from playing for Morocco at the African Cup of Nations.Magpies midfielder Jack Colback wasted a golden opportunity after only four minutes. With Wolves central defender Stearman lying injured in the centre circle, Magpies winger Matt Ritchie took advantage of the space to race clear and release Colback – but the former Sunderland player’s poor shot was saved by the legs of goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.Wolves found chances of their own hard to come by before £13million winger Helder Costa weaved some magic in the 20th minute, surging across the pitch to feed Andreas Weimann, whose cross was then volleyed narrowly wide by Nouha Dicko at the far post.The hosts then wasted another opening five minutes later when Costa’s left-wing free-kick was headed on by Edwards, only for a stretching Stearman to stab the ball past the far post.Squandering those opportunities proved costly for Wolves when Newcastle took the lead on the stroke of half-time.Shelvey floated a free-kick into the Wolves penalty area and Mohamed Diame’s shot was turned on by Jamal Lascelles to Mitrovic, who stabbed the ball home from six yards.Wolves sought a quick response at the start of the second half and were inches away from getting it when Edwards narrowly failed to get his header on target, following Costa’s left-wing centre.However, they struggled to test Karl Darlow, with unmarked substitute Lee Evans lifting his shot well over the bar in the 74th minute, before a Costa drive was comfortably dealt with by the Newcastle goalkeeper four minutes from time.last_img read more

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Liverpool snatch late victory, Norwich hit for five at home, Everton lose again

first_imgLiverpool snatched a late victory against Leicester to continue their perfect start to the Premier League season.James Milner’s stoppage-time penalty earned a 2-1 win after Sadio Mane was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. targets And the biggest shock of the day came in the lunchtime kick-off, as Tottenham lost 3-0 at Brighton.In the day’s final game, Jordan Ayew’s dramatic late VAR-awarded goal earned a 2-1 comeback win for Crystal Palace at West Ham.The striker was flagged offside as he prodded Martin Kelly’s knock-down into the net three minutes from time, but a lengthy VAR check on two potential offside decisions went Palace’s way by millimetres.Sebastien Haller had given the Hammers the lead early in the second half, but a baffling handball by Declan Rice gifted Patrick Van a penalty equaliser, to which Ayew added the winner. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 3 Brendan Rodgers so nearly ended the Reds’ winning run on his return to Anfield when James Maddison cancelled out Mane’s opener.But the contentious spot-kick means Jurgen Klopp’s men have now won 17 consecutive league games as they go eight points clear at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City’s visit of Wolves on Sunday.Elsewhere, Norwich shipped five goals to Aston Villa, who even missed a penalty during their stunning 5-1 victory at Carrow Road. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP rookie error on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty latest stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Aston Villa thrashed Norwich at Carrow Road 3 statement Wesley scuppered the opportunity to seal his hat-trick from the spot after two early strikes, but goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz moved the Villains up to 14th in the table.The pressure continues to pile on Everton boss Marco Silva after his side were beaten 1-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor.Jeff Hendrick struck after Toffees defender Seamus Coleman saw red as Silva’s men suffered a fourth-consecutive Premier League defeat.Watford are still without a win this season and missed several guilt-edged opportunities during their 0-0 draw at home to Sheffield United. Ayew secured all three points for the away side Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool left it late to beat Leicester Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 3 appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Images – Getty AFP or licensors Premier League resultsBrighton 3-0 TottenhamBurnley 1-0 EvertonLiverpool 2-1 LeciesterNorwich 1-5 Aston VillaWatford 0-0 Sheffield UnitedWest Ham 1-2 Crystal Palacelast_img read more

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McEniff says Lacey is one of Donegal’s greatest ever players

first_imgLEAGUE DIV 1 – DOWN V DONEGAL IN NEWRYKarl Lacey, charging out of defence, past Down’s Aidan Carr.Pic Michael O Donnell.Former Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Brian McEniff has been paying tribute to the county’s most decorated footballer, after Karl Lacey last night announced his retirement from intercounty football.The Four Masters clubman has decided to call time on a glittering 14-year career that saw him win almost every major prize in Gaelic football.He was named footballer of the year when Donegal won the All-Ireland title in 2012, and also got his hands on the Anglo Celt Cup on three occasions for winning the Ulster Senior Championship.He played 148 times for the county senior team, and shares the record for championship appearances with Christy Toye having pulled on the Donegal jersey 65 times.He has confirmed he will continue to play with his club.McEniff handed Lacey his debut in 2004, and says he is one of Donegal’s best ever servants…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Brian-McEniff-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Listen back to the full interview with Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox here:last_img read more

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Best of Instagram

first_imgShare This!We’re traveling around the world on our best of Instagram. Come along for a break from Monday!If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!February 18, 2019February 19, 2019February 20, 2019February 21, 2019February 22, 2019February 23, 2019February 24, 2019Top Follower of the Week!I have so much nostalgia for the old Imagination pavilion that the way it is now is almost painful to see at times. Some things are still awesome (the jumping fountains forever!), but there’s so much potential there. Mystic Manor in that pavilion? As long as they keep Figment, I’m game for that! What do you think?Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplans.last_img read more

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