Month: January 2020

  • Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open

    first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Each Grand Slam event makes their own decisions on seeding players, so it’s still possible that Roland Garros will make Williams one of the 32 seeded players even though her current ranking is down to near No. 500.Otherwise, Williams could be forced to play top-ranked players in the early rounds.The French tennis federation did not respond to a request for comment.“It’s normal to give birth to a kid. It’s normal to have protected ranking. … It’s more than tennis,” top-ranked Simona Halep said. “So the people will decide what seed she will get. But in my opinion it’s good to protect the ranking when someone is giving birth.”Williams returned to the tour briefly this year, after a 14-month absence to give birth to her daughter. She was not seeded at tournaments in Indian Wells, California, and Miami, and compiled two wins and two losses.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Williams has recounted the difficulties she faced in childbirth and a pulmonary embolism that made it hard for her to breathe shortly after her daughter was born. But after a period of training, coach Patrick Mouratoglou last week told the WTA tour’s website “Serena will play the French Open to win it.”Current rules covering maternity leave and injuries allow a protected or “special” ranking to be utilized for entry into tournaments but not for seeding purposes regardless of the reason for a player’s absence.However, this past year the WTA adjusted the rule so that absences for maternity leave are treated the same as those for injury and illness by providing all players a two-year window to begin using a special ranking, plus an additional year from the date of return to utilize the special ranking.“Historically, WTA players have not been supportive of the use of special rankings for seeding purposes,” the WTA said in a statement to The Associated Press. “The rule is currently under further review as part of our 2019 rules process. We remain committed to evolving with the needs of our players and are very supportive of those players returning from maternity leave to the tour.”Fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina, who defended her Italian Open title on Sunday, was also supportive of seeding Williams.“If you’re like finished or you stopped because you’re going to have a child and you will be in top eight, I think you should have this kind of thing, to have protected seeding,” Svitolina said. “She was No. 1 so she deserves seeding.”William has won the French Open three times — more than any current player — and last year’s Roland Garros champion, Jelena Ostapenko, is looking forward to her return.“She’s someone who the tour was missing — because she’s a great champion,” Ostapenko said. “She was my idol since I was growing up.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The WTA Tour said it is considering a rule change to add protected seeding for highly-ranked players returning from maternity leave but the earliest that could take effect is next year.“I would like to see that change,” Maria Sharapova said. “It’s such an incredible effort for a woman to come back from physically, emotionally. … There’s just another whole dimension to the travel, to the experiences, to the emotions to the physicality of every single day.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 crown“Tennis is such a selfish sport but I think when there’s a child in your life you lose a little bit of that, because there’s something that’s so much more important,” added Sharapova, who has lost three Grand Slam finals to Williams. “So yeah, I definitely think that would be a nice change.”The French Open draw will be made Thursday, with the tournament starting on Sunday. Cauley-Stein, Kings motivated for improvement after 27-55 season Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations FILE – In this Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo, Serena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, in Key Biscayne, Fla. everal of Serena Williams’ biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw. Williams, who is expected to play her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)ROME — Several of Serena Williams’ biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw.Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No. 1 ranking she held when she left the tour, the players say.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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more

  • Pacquiao victory unites nation anew

    first_imgView comments In keeping with tradition, many Filipinos stopped what they were doing to watch Pacquiao’s fight, which took place around midday on Sunday.“No one can beat Pacman. It’s still Pacman,” said Venancio Lovino, who watched the fight with friends over drinks at Barangay Booy in Tagbilaran City, Bohol province.Malacañang said it was one with the nation in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.“We thank our Pambansang Kamao (national boxing icon) for not only bringing honor and glory to our flag and country but once again uniting Filipinos here and abroad with his display of courage, tenacity and will power,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.Congratulations poured in from Pacquiao’s colleagues in the Senate after he beat Matthysse.“I thought I was watching Manny 10 years ago. Your fight unites all Filipinos around the world and your victory brings pride to us all. Long live, Senator and champion Manny Pacquiao,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.‘Thank you, Pacman’Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said: “Few Filipinos can claim to have literally shed blood, sweat and tears for our country, and Senator Pacquiao is one of them. For this and the good work you continue to do for our people, thank you very much, Pacman.”“As ever, your ability to unite Filipinos and take our breath away with your every move during your matches has no equal. You are our nation’s pride and joy,” Sen. Nancy Binay said.Sen. Richard Gordon said: “The fight also showed that age does not matter, but it is the will to win that matters.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “He continues to be a fine example to athletes and common Filipinos alike. With discipline, nothing is impossible,” he added.Congratulations also came from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, where Pacquiao is a a colonel in the reserve force.Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the AFP public affairs office, said Pacquiao “did not only demonstrate the Filipino’s natural trait of strength and courage, he also showed the world how determined, disciplined and hardworking the Filipinos are, just like his comrades in the AFP.” —Reports from AFP, Julie M. Aurelio, DJ Yap, Vince F. Nonato, Jeannette I. Andrade, Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Leo Udtohan and Nestle SemillaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions Then, in a statement, the President congratulated Pacquiao for uniting Filipinos once more with his victory, adding that this latest conquest would cement the boxing champ’s legacy.‘One of the greatest’“You have proven time and again that you are not just a public servant, but one of the greatest boxers of all time. May you continue to inspire Filipinos not only in boxing, but also in the public service,” the President said.Pacquiao, who has had a glittering 23-year career in the sport, is also a senator and a staunch ally of the President.The President flew to Malaysia late on Saturday on a private trip. But he was expected to meet with Mahathir for discussions of common concerns, including extremism and piracy on the high seas.Mahathir was also delighted with Pacquiao’s victory.“This is a big, big, historical day for Malaysia where we have one Filipino champion fighting in Malaysia, witnessed by the leaders of both countries,” he said.“That’s why the leaders of both countries have boxing diplomacy. We don’t punch each other,” he added, joking.Source of pridePacquiao’s rags-to-riches story, from high school dropout to billionaire world boxing champion in an unprecedented eight divisions, is a huge source of pride in the Philippines. LATEST STORIES 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 Lucas Matthysse, left, of Argentina falls after receiving a punch by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Filipino boxing legend Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory Sunday with a seventh-round knockout of Matthysse, his first stoppage in nine years, that will help revive his career. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Millions of boxing fans across the Philippines erupted in cheers on Sunday after their idol Manny Pacquiao beat Argentine Lucas Matthysse in a world title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.In the run-up to the fight, the 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts he would be able to best the big-punching Matthysse, who is four years his junior.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Though glad that Pacquiao won, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he wished the champ would exit the ring while he was on top.“To my colleague, seatmate and friend, I’ll say it again—it is best to leave the stage while the audience is applauding,” Lacson said.A colleague from the other side of the aisle, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, also congratulated Pacquiao.“His politics aside, I remain a Manny Pacquiao fan. Congrats, senator,” Trillanes said.A good manDavao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, who ruling party PDP-Laban leaders say will be fielded in next year’s senatorial election, took potshots at those who called on Pacquiao to retire or doubted he would win.“This People’s Champ just refused to give up. No one can put a good man down,” Nograles said.“Senator Pacquiao’s victory is an inspiration to all Filipinos: Never give up,” he added.His brother, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Rep. Jericho Jonas Nograles, whose group Pacquiao had endorsed and bankrolled, said the champion delivered “his most killer performance in almost nine years since he knocked out Miguel Cotto in 2009.”“Lucas Matthysse was no match for Pacman, and it’s testament to the discipline that Manny has to taking care of his body and to juggling his profession as both a fighter and lawmaker,” Nograles said. Mamon said he had been expecting the match to go the distance and settled through the scorecards, but was surprised at the seventh-round knockout.“With this result, I can say that Pacquiao can have another one or two matches more before retiring for good,” he said.But President Rodrigo Duterte, who watched the fight from ringside at Axieta Arena in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said he preferred to see Pacquiao retire.“I said he’s 39. Not because he cannot win or lose, but I’d like to see my friend rest on his laurels at this time and enjoy life,” the President said.“He has so much money already, no problem,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But when Pacquiao’s victory was sealed in the seventh round by technical knockout, fans around the nation of more than 100 million jumped to their feet and roared with joy.“Even at the age of 39, Pacquiao showed he still has a lot of power and speed left in him. I am excited for a Pacquiao-Lomachenko match,” said athlete Fiel Mamon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He was referring to Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko, the current World Boxing Organization lightweight champion who is being touted as Pacquiao’s next opponent.Surprising outcome Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

  • Stephen Curry ready to see LeBron James even more often

    first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs FILE – In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A. After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Stephen Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A.After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “And a whole new-look Laker team with some of the young kids. It should be fun, the Bay Area and L.A. and the whole thing,” Curry said Monday in a sit-down with The Associated Press while hosting his annual elite camp at Ultimate Fieldhouse. “When I first got into the league Oracle would be buzzing any time the Lakers came in. There probably will be a revolution of Laker fans that are going to try to creep in but I hope Bay Area and Dub Nation we keep control of that competition because we’re on top right now.”The schedule is set to be released later this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Curry is eager to have new teammate and dominant big man DeMarcus Cousins healthy and recovered from surgery on a torn left Achilles tendon, which will give Golden State five All-Star starters on the floor together. Cousins has never been to the playoffs and can now chase a championship alongside fellow All-Stars Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.“It’s interesting because nobody going into free agency thought about DeMarcus as an option then all of a sudden he found his way onto our team,” Curry said before getting in an on-court workout of his own. “So for us to have a new dynamic, a new look, whenever he’s fully healthy it should be amazing. I think we got better. Obviously we lost some pieces that were very vital to us winning a championship but you’ve got to evolve, you’ve got to find different things to focus on as you’re trying to repeat, so it should be exciting.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning a second straight NBA title and third in four years, it’s another whirlwind summer for two-time MVP Curry, whose season was interrupted several times by injuries. He has a newborn son, Canon, and is hosting his Under Armour “Stephen Curry Select Camp” this week for top high school players — including two girls for the first time, one being his father Dell’s goddaughter, Cameron Brink, from Beaverton, Oregon.Later this week he will again play in the Web.com tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hawyard. He has an indoor putting green at home as well as a swing simulator that has helped him leading up to the event given he also is busy with three young children at home.“Am I getting any sleep? I’m getting the right amount of sleep for having a month-old son, my wife as well,” Curry said. “There aren’t really many expectations when a new baby comes, but my golf game is in decent shape. I haven’t played as much as I’d like to leading up to the tournament. I have a full swing golf simulator in my house now that’s helping me prepare. Actually I’m getting in trouble because at home I sneak into that room way more than I should just because it’s right there and I get my little swings in. I would say my preparation level is adequate enough to play well and hopefully play better than I did last year.”ADVERTISEMENT San Sebastian pulls away to beat Mapua; Capobres gets career-high LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

  • Pauline Lopez falls to Chinese foe, settles for Asian Games bronze in taekwondo

    first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Hijab in sports? No problem, says Malaysian sepak takraw player LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Pauline Lopez settled for the bronze medal in the taekwondo women’s under-57kg event in the 2018 Asian Games Tuesday at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The 22-year-old Lopez, who won the Philippines’ fourth bronze medal overall, bowed to Luo Zongshi of China, 11-4, in the semifinals.Lopez, the 2015 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, steamrolled her way to the semis after dominating Gyani Chunara of Nepal, 20-0, in the quarterfinals and Xiao Feng of Macau, 8-0, in the Round of 16, but the taller Luo offered a different challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Frustrated, Lopez couldn’t hide her disappointment over the loss.“I had the chance but the plan didn’t work according to what it should be. I was going for it, I did my part but it’s just it was not there for me,” said Lopez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

  • Coach says La Salle’s inexperience showed in loss to FEU

    first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew La Salle stayed in step with Far Eastern University for three quarters, but only to succumb to the Tamarraws’ hot shooting in the fourth, 68-61.READ: FEU clips La Salle to open UAAP Season 81 campaignFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But while he rues his team’s failure to close out games, Gonzalez, who appeared in his first UAAP game as head  coach, still saw some positives from his players.“Too bad we lost, but like I said, I’m optimistic with my team. I’m sure we’re gonna get better,” he said. 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan rejoices in having first tennis grand slam champion Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez during the Green Archers game against the FEU Tamaraws in the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournnament. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLa Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said the Green Archers’ opening game loss in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament exposed his team’s immaturity.“It’s very evident in this game how young we are as team competing against a seasoned team,” Gonzalez said, admitting the Green Archers still lack the ability to close out games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ “But to do that, the team has to figure out who to give the ball to, how to start attacking, and make adjustments, most especially during crunch time.” View commentslast_img read more

  • All alone

    first_imgLATEST STORIES The Bolts have dropped their last four games in the season-ender after debuting with a 109-106 triumph over the Columbian Dyip.Coach Norman Black and the Bolts, losing finalists to the Gin Kings in this tournament’s last two editions, are coming off a stint in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup where they wound up fourth.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 ChrissEarlier, Henry Walker had a triple-double while Nard Pinto hit a triple late as Blackwater won again after a 99-93 squeaker over winless Rain or Shine.Walker recorded 14 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists while Pinto drained a three-pointer to clinch the game,97-92, with 17 seconds left. 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 FEU, UP hang tough Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Justin Brownlee vs Cliff Hodge–PBA ImagesTwo-time defending champion Barangay Ginebra remained alone on top after a 111-105 win over slumping Meralco in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at City of Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.Assured of a spot in the playoffs, the Gin Kings improved to 7-1 as they pursue a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil A free throw by Maverick Ahanmisi put the Elasto Painters to within four. They got possession back but Ahanmisi flubbed a three-point try.Pinto finished with 16 points and five rebounds.Three others scored in double digits for the Elite, who occupy solo second spot at 6-1.Mike DiGregorio tallied a team-high 17 points, Allein Maliksi had 13 and Paul Zamar, hero of a 94-91 win over Meralco on Wednesday, contributed 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

  • With key players out, UST Tigresses still figuring out best lineup for UAAP Season 81

    first_imgHead coach Kung Fu Reyes said only a handful are assured of spots in the Golden Tigresses’ roster with some still being deliberated on.Reyes said Cherry Rondina, Milena Alessandrini, rookie Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres, and Caitlyn Viray are the ones assured of representing UST in the UAAP while the other players still have to fight for the vacant spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Sisi, Eya, Milena, Dimdim, because we lack players in the wing, and Caitlyn because we don’t have a middle blocker so she’ll become our go-to in that area,” said Reyes in Filipino during the team’s Thursday practice at Quadricentennial Pavilion.“There are three possible rookies who might be included but I really can’t name names for now because there’s still no official lineup yet although we’ve submitted a list to the UAAP already.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash02:14Carpio 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 The Golden Tigresses will head on to the 2019 tournament without EJ Laure, the Season 77 co-Rookie of the Year with Kath Arado, and Tin Francisco due to injuries but Reyes is confident his team can back from their dreadful Season 80 campaign.UST finished Season 80 with the second-worst record in the league at 4-10, just a couple of games ahead of eighth seed University of the East at 2-12, but Reyes said they can turn things around.“It was really a roller coaster ride on what happened to us last season where we just plummeted,” said Reyes. “We had a lot of unfortunate incidents at the start where we had a couple of injuries so we weren’t able to compete with a full roster.”Alessandrini, who eventually became Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, and libero Rica Rivera both missed several games in 2018 due to injuries and the Golden Tigresses failed to recover from the set back the rest of the year.UST started out the tournament with a pedestrian 2-2 record but lost five straight to practically rule itself out of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Kei Nishikori comes up aces, rolls into 3rd round in Australia Open View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—The UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is about to start in a month’s time but University of Santo Tomas still has to finalize its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT “There were a lot of factors but at the end of the day we are the ones responsible for all of these,” said Reyes. “Our campaign this season considerably looks brighter from the one before because the players are healthy, I just wish Tin is here so we can have a full lineup.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

  • Marketers Elated with Chinese Embassy

    first_imgThe Chinese Embassy near Monrovia has dedicated 18 solar energy street lamps, a borehole well for the Jorkpen Town Market, and classroom materials for the Rally Time Market School.These items were made available through companies that include the Wonderful New Energy Industry Company (Liberia) Inc., Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd. and LC Opportunity Nature Resources Company in collaboration with the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF).The lights now brighten the Jorkpen Town Market environment while the hand pump, located in the back yard, provides a much needed source of water for marketers and those living around the market grounds.Speaking at the dedicatory program on March 20, on the Jorkpen Town Market grounds in Sinkor, Monrovia, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue said that it was a delightful moment for him to attend a program that creates interaction between the Chinese Community in Liberia and local grass rooters.He noted that the Chinese companies that provided these facilities are committed to a one-year warranty for what they donated and to the training of seven Liberian technicians on how to maintain the solar lamps.Recalling China’s role in Liberia’s post-war development, Ambassador Zhang said, “China has developed a steadfast and cooperative partnership with Liberia in its endeavor to promote peace and development.  The Chinese Government through its embassy in Liberia, and in collaboration with the Liberian Government has completed many landmark assistance projects in Liberia such as the Tappita Hospital, Fendell Campus, SKD Stadium and the Ministry of Health compound.”He also acknowledged that the dedicated facilities came under the framework of the China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action.Making remarks at the occasion President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the gesture by the Chinese Embassy was indeed laudable as it was something she had yearned to see happen.She emphasized that the hand pump was especially important to the Jorkpen Town Market since marketers and locals had previously found it difficult to get water.Once a market woman herself, later becoming a politician and subsequently President, Madam Sirleaf said, “The hand pump is important to the marketers since water is life itself and greatly improves sanitation.  Now that light is here as well, marketers will be able to work in the evenings and then pack their goods when darkness ‘catches’ them.”She thanked the Chinese Embassy for the gesture and assured further mutuality in the relationship between China and Liberia.The Chinese Embassy’s gesture is being praised mostly by women; who constitute the highest number of sellers in the market.Most of the market women are single mothers, who take their children with them because they have no caretakers to meet the needs of their children while they sell in the market. In some instances the children help their mothers to sell the products.Some of these children are not privileged to attend school; therefore, the Liberian Marketing Association (LMA) established a school in the Jorkpen Town and Rally Town Market.The school materials provided by the Chinese Embassy complement efforts made to create educational opportunities for marketers’ children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Liberia’s Seemingly Endless Plight

    first_imgThe deadly Ebola outbreak which began in Guinea, north of her border with Liberia, brought to light not only a fracturable nation that is barely picking up the pieces from decades of serious internal hostility but a forsaken society perforated by a century of poverty, disease, illiteracy and culture of breach of trust in Government.The former Grain Coast, renamed Liberia after her founding and independence –from the Latin word that means freedom, was sponsored in the early 19th century by a band of white American humanitarians. The images of torments and afflictions of African descendants enslaved in America appeared unbearable to them. In their view, the family of humanity that binds every human race had been dishonored. In response to such humanitarian shame, came a rescue mission to help Diasporas who wanted to return to their ancestors’ homeland.If their raw ambition was the courage that propelled these freed people of color to make the long journey back to Africa, the reasons that justified this pilgrimage appeared even more compelling. In their statement of belief, for instance, they explained that what they went through in the New World was compared to the hell in the spirit world. And that although some of them were blessed to be free in hell, while still in hell, their dream for equality and true freedom could not be fully exercised or realized in the land of enslavement.Thanks to President Lincoln who not only brought an end to the disease  for human chattel by another human in the New World but who also himself earlier realized the uncertain future for black people even in post slavery era. In one of his brain-storming debates, Lincoln appeared to recommend an uncompelled resettlement of all African Americans back to Africa where he reasoned, they would enjoy an uninterrupted equality in their ancestors’ homeland without the fear of being devalued.The noble quest for the formation of the first black civilization in West Africa was well underway precisely half a century before Lincoln’s emancipation for all slaves was realized in the Union. In Liberia’s Independence Declaration, she presented herself as a free society that had met the basic demands to be deserved the right to statehood, including the recognition and respect that came with it.Britain, the fading colonial hegemony at the time was quick to extend a hand of warm welcome to Liberia into the community of free nations. But the United States, an emerging hegemony, under whose bosom Liberia came to being, readily declined open support or recognition. The United States’ uninvolved or astringed relation with Liberia was a 19th century mindset held by European Americans and the rest of the colonial world  that black humans were incapable of self determination. What gave them such an idea was evident from how Africans lived in pre-historic Africa and what they discovered and saw, developed the concept of human possession, thereafter. But the central reasons that had caused Liberia to fall behind in every aspect of national progress, derived from her founders.After 1847, no importance was given to the concept of integration of all tribal communities under which the founders had curved out for themselves. This error became the first deadly virus that was planted in the foundation of Liberia. In Captivity, the founding fathers explained about the opprobrium inflicted to their existence in America. In freedom, they had not learned a lesson from a state of working under extreme duress. If they didn’t learn the blessing of compassion in captivity, it was difficult how they were in wait to share the blessing of their enlightenment amongst “uncultured” tribal countrymen. By the same token, physical and mental detention by force in America didn’t allow them the privilege to toy with the sense of self-reliance or self determination. The result was setting themselves up for failure –an inherent pitfall that led to three major outcries for change in Liberia –civil disobedience demonstration of 1979, Coup d’ tat in 1980 and a bloody Civil War, starting from 1989. The Americo-Liberians’, as they are passionately referred to in Liberia, ran aground the dreams and aspirations of a successful statehood. It literally collapsed under the preference for class discrimination in Liberia. They failed to guarantee social justice and equality for all Liberians. The once lost African race that had traveled thousands of miles to regain its rightful homeland had returned to become the masters.For nearly over a century and a half, the settlers in Liberia exploited their indigenous Liberians. They conspired with foreign investors to exploit and explore the abundant natural wealth of Liberia and ignored even the very basic human necessities –education, shelter, and a good health delivery system that is currently at the center of this Ebola outbreak. Greater infrastructural development never had the chance to beautify the great former Grain Coast.Instead, the country’s ruling class established fat foreign bank accounts abroad, in particular, America where they banked almost all their savings they had embezzled from the public coffer. They sent their relatives and associates to the United States and Great Britain for better education and left their nation’s scholarly and cultural sectors literally underfunded. Our founders saw the former Grain Coast, the land that nurtured them back to human restoration, only as a vacation hangout, and America as their loyal homeland. This is why Liberia is still underdeveloped, undernourished and poverty-stricken after a century and a half. They never outlived their infatuation about America because they had already been programmed to act and be American.Their reunion with their ancestors’ homeland had become meaningless. Between Liberia and America, African Americans in Liberia were neither here, nor there. They, indeed, had developed the problem of identity. Can history blame them? The answer is no, because of what our people went through in America for centuries. But if history seeks to exonerate them, then the reasons that inspired some of our lost race in America to make such historic voyage back to Africa was in vain.As Liberians hope for the best in their time of national tragedy and prepare for the worst in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, America and the world are watching with concern once again. But behind that concern is an injured society and people being paraded on the world stage in shame as infected patients and death from the Ebola epidemic take their toll weekly –including scenery in Monrovia of public squalors and tenement housing of the worst type, displayed on the world news in America, Europe and Asia Thanks largely to the Americans in Liberia who were there when the virus broke out. What is different this time as Liberians jostled for cover from this most recent national tragedy is that the contagious nature of this virus and the speed at which it is spreading, has alarmed not only the world of an Ebola ravaged Liberia but has embarrassed the privileged few and officials who often flee for cover in the face of national emergency. This time around, this segment of society is forced to remain and bear the nightmare with average Liberians who are often the victims of national humiliation throughout history. If a century and half of government by a few, a decade of government by militarism, a decade of a vile cruel civil war and an Ebola ravaged Liberia are not enough, what will it take to inspire a sense of national pride and citizenship  in Liberians everywhere? Andrew Kofi Robinson is a Liberian political writer residing in the United States and author of “Republican Bigotry Towards Obama in America.” he can be reached at Ak610robinson@gmail.com or 706 267 4053.                                          Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Afcon 2015 Groups Results

    first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Results of last weekend’s the 2015 Morocco African Cup of Nations results produced surprises, as the following indicates: 11 October        Guinea    1 – 1    GhanaIbrahima Traore (80)        Asamoah Gyan (27)Stade du 28 Septembre    11 October  Gabon    2 – 0    Burkina FasoPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (67)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (74)       Libreville   11 October        Sudan    1 – 0    NigeriaBabeker Bakri (42)       Khartoum Stadium        11 October        Niger    0 – 0    ZambiaStade Général Seyni Kountché    11 October        Congo    0 – 2    South Africa         Bongani Ndulula (52)Tokelo Rantie (55)Stade Municipal de Pointe-Noire        11 October        DR Congo    1 – 2    Ivory CoastCédric Mongongu (71)        Wilfred Bony (23)Max Gradel (83)11 October        Mozambique    2 – 0    Cape VerdeSaddan Guambe (43)Artur Faife (60)            11 October        Sierra Leone    0 – 0    Cameroon    11 October        Ethiopia    0 – 2    Mali         Abdoulay Diaby (33)Sambou Yatabaré (60)    11 October        Uganda    0 – 1    Togo         Donou Kokou (30)11 October        Malawi    0 – 2    Algeria         Rafik Halliche (10)Saphir Taider (93)         10 October        Senegal    0 – 0    Tunisia10 October        Lesotho    0 – 0    AngolaSetsoto Stadium       10 October        Botswana    0 – 2    Egypt         Mohamed El Nenny (56)Mohamed Salah (6last_img read more