Pringle saves day for Batang Pier

January 18, 2020

first_imgMaverick Ahanmisi almost sealed the game shut in regulation with a layup at the 2.9-second mark of the fourth quarter to make it a three-point lead, 104-101, but Chris Banchero’s Hail Mary three knotted the score at 94 at the buzzer.“I got mad at them. It was already a won game. But then again, we can’t fault the players. We’re okay but we’re not okay because we’re not getting the rebounds,” lamented coach Caloy Garcia.GlobalPort fought back from an eight-point deficit late in the third quarter and staged a 20-6 run that spilled into the fourth period to grab a 77-69 lead with 6:24 remaining.The Bolts, however, fought back and made it a one-point game, 83-82 with 42.3 seconds left and got a big stop when Pringle missed on a drive.However, Anjo Caram was forced out of bounds by Nico Elorde in the ensuing possession, leading to Pringle splitting from the line to extend the lead to two, 84-82 with 14.3 on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT The former Rookie of the Year hit 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including what turned out to be the marginal foul shots in the last 14.3 seconds as the Batang Pier bounced back from a 128-114 loss to TNT KaTropa last week.“We’re struggling, especially Stanley because he’s playing through an injury. Luckily for us, he picked it up in the fourth quarter,” said coach Pido Jarencio.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 crownRain or Shine survived a tough Alaska and a wild finish for a 109-103 overtime victory in the other game.Reggie Johnson pumped 32 points and 22 rebounds, while Chris Tiu shot 4-of-7 from threes to collect 18 points, six assists, and three rebounds for the Elasto Painters. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jared Dillinger then air-balled a triple try that doomed Meralco.Malcolm White topscored for the Batang Pier with 27 points that went with 17 boards.“The chemistry is still not there, so I commend my last group for coming through. I’ll take it. A win is a win,” Jarencio said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lady Spikers favored over Lady Tams in UAAP volley Finals Stanley Pringle caught fire in the fourth quarter and towed GlobalPort to its first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations with an 86-85 nipping of Meralco Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

WATCH: Iranian women attend soccer match after ban on female attendance lifted

January 18, 2020

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Iranian women cheered at the bleachers of Azadi Stadium for the first time in 40 years, Oct. 16, after the Tehran sports center lifted its ban on female attendance.Attending a friendly soccer game against Bolivia, the video below shows female supporters cheering on the athletes as they drape themselves in Iran’s national flag.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Iranian woman who protested headscarf gets 20-year sentenceSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college اولین #حضور_رسمی_بانوان در #ورزشگاه_آزادی با دیدار ایران و بولیوی کلید خورد بانوان، بدون ریش و لباس مبدل مردانه توانستند در #آزادی باشند . ‌. . pic.twitter.com/wqypYDiuv4FEATURED 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— فرزانه سادات ابوالقاسمي (@abolghasemifs) October 16, 2018 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The video was posted by @abolghasemifs via Twitter.“Supporting Team Melli at the stadium has been a dream come true for most of the girls,” Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of the U19 Iran national women’s soccer team told the Middle East Eye.In March, 35 women were detained in Iran for trying to attend a soccer game. JBRELATED STORIES:Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World CupADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rugby: Philippines wins silver in Asia Trophy Series Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

South Korea sends World Cup bid plan to North

January 18, 2020

first_imgSouth Korea’s Soyun Ji, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring their 5th goal against Argentina during their Cup of Nations soccer game in Sydney, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)South Korea’s soccer leadership has sent a proposal to North Korea to jointly bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and is awaiting a response.Combining to stage the FIFA showpiece could be a significant move toward building peace on the Korean Peninsula, which remains technically at war because the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.ADVERTISEMENT The neighbors have been encouraged to bid by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, with the decision due to be taken in March 2020 by the governing body’s ruling council.Chung Mong-gyu, the president of South Korea’s soccer association who sits on the FIFA Council, is pursuing the bid after gaining the initial support of his government.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“With regard to the possible joint bid with DPRK Football Association for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we have sent our proposal to DPRK FA and are currently waiting to receive their official response,” Chung said in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.South Korean soccer officials tend to communicate with their counterparts in the north through the East Asian Football Federation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history There is a March 15 deadline to submit an expression of interest to FIFA. The bidding registration would then have to be sent by April 16 and countries have until Oct. 4 to present bid books to Zurich-based FIFA.With Australia, Colombia, Japan and South Africa also exploring bids, the 2023 Women’s World Cup looks like being the most hotly-contested hosting contest since the tournament began in 1991.FIFA has also imposed the most rigorous bidding regulations to date — emulating most of the bidding process last year for the men’s World Cup that saw a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico win the right to stage the 2026 World Cup.There will be an assessment of human rights and risk reports for all bidding nations, inspections of facilities and evaluation reports.That could be a barrier to North Korea staging a World Cup, given concerns about human rights abuses, prison camps for dissidents, an absence of religious and speech freedoms.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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?center_img Read Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title June kickoff for qualifiers to 2022 World Cup of 32 or 48 teams LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying A bid could also be hindered by the U.S.-led international sanctions that include restrictions on sporting equipment being sent to North Korea.A summit between President Donald Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down last week in a dispute over how much sanctions relief Washington should provide Pyongyang in return for nuclear disarmament steps.South Korea President Moon Jae-in has been actively pushing for reconciliation with the North. At summits over the past year, the Koreas agreed vowed to resume economic cooperation and to jointly bid to stage the 2032 Summer Olympics. 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 View commentslast_img read more

It’s the law: Pay retrenched sugar workers

January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Last year, the coalition Administration continued in the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration’s footsteps of imposing a basic 5.0 per cent wage increase, disregarding attempts by unions to address their members’ welfare. The teachers’ union held discussions with the President himself to address their members’ demands. Instead, they were recruited to work for the Government’s Education Ministry assisting in the Ministry’s work of developing the education sector. This tack by the coalition Administration demonstrates its continued disdain for workers’ welfare. Nothing was given in 2016 and a pittance was handed out last year. This is even as it is recognised that workers’ welfare took a drubbing since the implementation of the economic reform policies of the early 1990s.I submit that we need to understand the coalition’s socialist mentality of ‘you and us’. ‘Us’ are Guyana’s new bourgeoisie (the capitalist class which owns most of the nation’s wealth and means of production), and ‘you,’ the workers, from whom are extracted the capitalists’ wealth by underpayment for labour services, who, under socialist ideology, will never get their just dues.Just like under the PPP/C, Guyana’s workers are being, and will be, hoodwinked every year under some scam or ploy while the socialist elite (primarily senior government functionaries) enjoy the ‘good life’. Guyanese were duped in 2015, and there will be no end to their being fooled, because the wider policies of the coalition Administration and the PPP will never deliver economic growth to accommodate tax revenues, which will afford public servants their deserved living wage.Both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the AFC were up in arms against the PPP/C over its flagrant disregard for Guyana’s laws and regulations governing the decisions in Parliament while in Opposition. Yet today in government, it appears that they are continuing exactly where the PPP/C left off disregarding our nation’s laws. This is in regard to the Administration’s wilful violation of those laws which govern the payments of workers’ severance benefits.From a moral perspective, the non-payment of severance to many retrenched Wales sugar workers and the coalition’s earlier attempt to what I can only describe as rob the recently retrenched sugar workers with non-provision of benefits for sugar workers slated to be retrenched in 2017, with the subsequent provision of the initial pittance in the 2018 Budget, smacks of the cruel nature and intentions of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition for sugar workers. As I have said before, this is something all sections of society should denounce and actively seek to have address immediately by the current administration.In respect of termination of employment due to redundancy, Section 12 (2) (b) of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESA) states that an employer may terminate the services of the employee because the employee has become redundant due to ‘the discontinuance by the employer of all or part of the business’.Defining GuySuCo’s liability for Severance or Redundancy Allowance to retrenched sugar workers, Section 21 (1) of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESA) states that, “On termination of his employment, an employee who has completed one or more years of continuous employment with an employer shall be entitled to be paid such severance by such employer as severance or redundancy allowance…’Defining the terms of notification of retrenchment, Section 15 (1) of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESA) further establishes that “Where a contract of employment for an unspecified period of time is being terminated for any reason of redundancy under Section 12, such contract of employment shall except during the probationary period, be terminated by the employer upon giving the following minimum period of notice in writing –(a) Two weeks where the employee has been employed by the employer for less than one year;(b) One month, where the employee has been employed by the employer for one year or more.Finally, in respect to severance payments in lieu of notice, Section 16 (1) reads: “In lieu of giving notice of termination under Section 15 (1), the employer shall pay the employee a sum equal to the remuneration and benefits due to the employee up to the expiry of any required period of notice”.There, therefore, seems little room for argument regarding the conditions of retrenchment, terms of notification, and the amount and period of payment of severance to retrenched sugar workers. The Administration should, therefore, re-examine its position to withhold severance payments to sugar workers any longer, and all workers and the entire nations should examine these sections and encourage the coalition to honour its obligations to these workers immediately.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Liberia Faces Serious Internal Threats’

January 14, 2020

first_imgThe Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, has admitted that in spite of the existing peace in the country there are numerous internal elements that pose serious security threats to the country.He made the statement at the opening of the October Term of Court of the Supreme Court on Monday in the presence of President Ellen Johnson.The first, he said is the persistent threat posed by bike riders or pen-pen boys that have become a national security issue.Bike riders, he said, continue to act with total disregard for law and order; constantly violating the rights of others, including properties, with impunity; consistently attacking and burning police stations, “which is an affront to the sovereignty of the state.”Cllr. Sannoh made references to violent incidents involving bike riders across the country with the latest being the Ganta City saga in which properties worth thousands of United States dollars were destroyed.Minister Sannoh noted that as the election year approaches, the potential for the manipulation of pen-pen boys for selfish political ends remains a clear and present danger.He said it is also noteworthy that the increasing wave of lawlessness is not only limited to pen-pen boys, but has also extended into demonstrations, mob violence, even the total disregard of such basic laws as traffic laws, with many of citizens, including government officials, refusing to comply with the traffic rules.The Minister said that the degree of lawlessness is also compounded by blatant disrespect of police officers, including verbal and physical assaults on their persons. “We have also seen radio stations operating without license from the Ministry of Information and the Liberia Telecommunication Authority in total violation of the laws,” he said.“As there can be no progress in anarchy, the Executive (branch of government) gives notice that it will begin to act decisively against all tendencies toward deliberate violation of law and constituted authority.“This government will and must maintain public order, for without public order, we cannot safeguard the fundamental rights of all our citizens and foreign residents in our midst. No person, or group of persons, is above the law and no one can challenge the authority of the government with impunity.”In conclusion, Minister Sannoh highlighted three areas of concern that require collaborative effort between the Executive and Judiciary:First, he said, has to do with the practice of serving Writs of Execution on Cabinet Ministers and heads of government departments for judgments against the government, some of whom are under threat being held in contempt for failing to satisfy the order contained in the writs;Second is judgment in the economic arena, including the exorbitant money judgments rendered against the government by the courts, without full regard to the economic implications for the country, and; lastly, the capacity of this government to satisfy such judgment… exacerbated by the absence of adequate evidence of the injury sustained to warrant the judgment.Meanwhile, Minister Sannoh assured Chief Justice Korkpor of the Executive Branch’s fullest support, particularly the Ministry of Justice, in the furtherance of the discharge of his duties during this October Term. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Six Colleges to Compete in Inter-College Basketball Tournament

January 14, 2020

first_imgFirst place winner will receive L$10,000 plus a trophy and a certificate.The second edition of the Inter College basketball tournament organized by Scorpion Incorporated is expected to kick off in Monrovia with six colleges competing for the title.According to organizers, the tournament will kick off on Friday, November 23, at the famous Sports Commission on Broad Street with the University of Liberia going against Stella Maries in the first match.The tournament will be played in a knockout format with the top three teams and the best loser advancing to semifinals. The grand final will be played on Friday, December 7, 2018.First place winner will receive L$10,000 plus trophy and a certificate; second place winner L$6,000 plus a trophy and a certificate; while the third place winner will receive L$4,000 and a certificate. The first edition of the tournament was hosted in 2017 with Starz College defeating Blue Crest University College in the final.Awards will also be given to top individual performers including the Most Valuable Player, Highest Point Scorer and Highest Three-pointer.Participating colleges include, defending champions Starz College, University of Liberia, Blue Crest University College, Cuttington University, United Methodist University and Stella Maris Polytechnic.The organizer of the event, Scorpion Incorporated, is an entrepreneur organization founded by six students of the Blue Crest University College. The organization is concerned with technological projects and events planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Annual precipitation stands up as average for region

January 11, 2020

first_imgIt’s also worth noting that second heaviest snowfall day of last year was actually the 46th day of spring, as the airport station posted 14 point six centimeters on May 5, nearly accounting for the entire month’s total of 16. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Unofficial numbers taken from readings at the local airport weather station show that 2015 was an average year for precipitation in this area.The 12 month precipitation total is in at 451.4 millimetres, just slightly above 444.7, which is what Environment Canada cites as the local area norm.We had 22 centimetres of snow in December — 11.2 less than the previous year, but matching the monthly average.- Advertisement -Although the post on the 18th of the month was only 6.2 centimetres, it was still enough to establish a new precipitation record for the day of 6.2 millimetres.The wettest day of the past year was Sept. 2, when the airport station recorded 42.6 millimetres of rain—and that was better than nine monthly rainfall totals, with June and August the only exceptions, and in each case by less than one millimetre, with posts of 43.3 and 43.4, respectively.The September precipitation total was 74.9 millimetres — nearly 15 millimetres more than the January total and nearly 25 more than the April post.Advertisement Those two months recorded precipitation totals of 60.6 and 50.1 millimetres, respectively, and along with September were the only months, which resulted in posts of 45 millimetres or more.The largest monthly amount of snow, 63.2 centimetres, fell in January, with February next at 35.3 — the only months to post 25 or more.The heaviest daily snowfall of the year was on New Year’s Day, when the airport station recorded 19 point six centimeters and the next day it received 14 more.At 33.6 centimetres, that put the total for the first two days of the month past the January average of 32.7 and stands in sharp contrast to this year which has thus far failed to produce any January precipitation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Evacuation alert lifted for Hudson’s Hope

January 11, 2020

first_imgThis fire is being continually acted upon by Wildfire Management Services with support from the District of Hudson’s Hope Fire Department.Here is the forecast for Hudson’s Hope:Today: cooler weather, highs of 12-13C expected, easterly winds of 20-30 km/hr, slight chance of precipitation.Friday: cooler weather, highs of 9-11C, slight chance of showers 1-2 mil, similar cooler weather with slight chance of precipitation expected to continue through the weekend into Monday.WINDS: Friday 10km/hr north-easterly; Saturday 5km/hr north-easterly; Sunday 5km/hr easterly; Monday 15km/hr westerly. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — The evacuation alert for the District of Hudson’s Hope, which was issued on Monday, has been lifted.Though the downtown area is affected by smoke, it’s not under  any evacuation alert at this time.No homes or structures are at risk at this time.- Advertisement -Other updates from the District include good progress on all fires, less smoke, and only hot spots left to fight. No new fires detected in the northeast.The Drew Road fire is extinguished and is in the mop-up stage. The fire northeast of Wegen Road is not harming any structures, nor are any at risk, and a fire guard has been constructed on the west side.The Hudson’s Hope fire, located west of the Jamieson Subdivision, is within a fire guard that has been constructed north between Summer Road and Carter St along the north flank of the fire — about three kilometres long.Advertisementlast_img read more

Peru captain slapped with one-year drug ban

January 6, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Guerrero will now miss Peru’s first World Cup since 1982PARIS, France, Dec 8- Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the World Cup after been banned from football for a year for failing a drugs test, FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced on Friday.The 33-year-old attacker, who plays for Brazilian giants Flamengo, was handed the ban after “testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine”. The drug control came following a match in Argentine capital Buenos Aires on October 5, the world football governing body’s watchdog said in a statement.The former Bayern Munich striker missed Peru’s play-off victory over New Zealand, which made the South American nation the 32nd and last country to qualify for the World Cup, after being provisionally suspended for 30 days for the offence on November 3.That suspension was then extended by 20 days on Tuesday before the final verdict was given on Friday.Guerrero will now miss Peru’s first World Cup since 1982, his country deprived of one of its most important attacking players as it prepares to face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more