Flames crowned champions of Basketball League

first_imgThey battled well on Monday night defeating MoniPlus Tamaraws in a close encounter 110-103 at the Filipino Association PNG Clubhouse in Gordons.The Southern Highlands team based in Moresby played exceptionally well leading all throughout the match.In the first quarter, Flames took the lead 52-45 and continued to dominate the game in the second quarter to maintain the lead at half time 88-74.Flames continue to show class with the service of national representatives Apia Muri and Gabriel Elavo to claim victory.This is Flames second premiership title in the space of two years since joining the competition.Flames also took out the minor premiership title after winning nine of their ten games played.last_img read more

Neymar promotes a donation campaign against COVID-19

first_img“Solidarity must be more contagious than the virus”, stated number 10 of the Brazilian team on their social networks.Various civil society associations have organized to create the initiative “UniaoSP” with the aim of preventing “a humanitarian crisis” in the most vulnerable communities in the state of Sao Paulo as a consequence of the expansion of the coronavirus.Neymar’s Instagram ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Neymar’s Instagram Sao Paulo is the most hit region of Brazil, with 68 of the 92 deaths in the country from COVID-19 and 1,223 of the almost 3,500 positives registered in just one month, according to the balance of the Ministry of Health released this Friday.The project is also sponsored by the surfer Gabriel Medina, two-time world champion, and Luciano Huck, a well-known television presenter and businessman, among other personalities of the South American country.“That people think more of their neighbor in a moment of such anguish, uncertainty and suffering. We are not raising resources, we are donating our own resources and mobilizing friends and family,” he said in Instagram the presenter Huck, who has political ambitions and is even considered as a possible presidential candidate.Brazilian favelas have become one of the most vulnerable areas against coronavirus due to the high population density and the lack of infrastructure in these communities, some of which do not even have running water.In addition, a significant part of its population works in the informal market and has been seriously affected by the quarantines decreed in some Brazilian states, such as the one in Sao Paulo, to try to contain the spread of coronavirus.All shops of Sao Paulo, except the basic necessities, are closed from Tuesday for a period of 15 days, extendable.He Government of brazil It has approved a subsidy for informal workers of 600 reais per month ($ 120) with the intention of helping this group, which represents 40% of the employed population, equivalent to about 40 million people across the country. The Brazilian Neymar, front of Paris Saint-Germain, has joined a donation campaign to help with basic food baskets and hygiene products for families living in the favelas of Sao Paulo, one of the most vulnerable areas against the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy carried TNT in the third quarter in the absence of Rice. The three outscored the Ginebra, 27-22.Castro had 20 points, 11 coming in the third, that went with 10 assists. Rosario added 16 points and eight rebounds while Pogoy chipped in 14.The pivotal Game 3 is on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justin Brownlee finished with a game-high 25 points on top of 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio collected 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists as he dazzled his fellow Batangueños.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But that also allowed Rice to have fresh legs in the fourth period. He committed his fifth foul at the 4:58 mark of the fourth period but he had already done his part scoring 12 of his team-high 21 points. “It was really hard especially having only a day to prepare and then we had to travel so it’s really hard for the players,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad redeemed itself after getting ripped, 121-94, in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We gave them the whole morning of Tuesday to rest. The team left in the afternoon and then we just had viewing. Good thing the players were able to absorb it quickly and make the necessary adjustments.”The KaTropa took an 18-point lead early in the second quarter but the Gin Kings kept coming back and were down by only nine before Rice knocked down a quick release 3-pointer over Justin Brownlee for a 95-83 advantage with 5:59 remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBATANGAS CITY — TNT overcame early foul trouble by import Glen Rice Jr. and held off Barangay Ginebra, 103-96, to tie their 2017 Governors’ Cup semifinals series at 1-1 Wednesday night at Batangas City Coliseum.Rice picked up his fourth foul with still 3:00 left in the first half that kept him out until the start of the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine

first_imgADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Yap is set for the long haul with Rain or Shine after signing a three-year extension on Thursday. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 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 LOOK: Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach train together again No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The two-time MVP signed his fresh contract with team owner Raymond Yun and team governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon present at the Elasto Painters’ office.Yap, who spent his first 12 years with the Purefoods franchise, became part of the Elasto Painters roster in 2016 in a direct swap for Paul Lee.“First of all I would like to thank the Lord and my Rain or Shine family,” said Yap in an Instagram post. “Boss Raymond Yu, Boss Terry Que, Atty. Mondragon, Mr. Edison Oribiana, coach Caloy [Garcia], teammates, my family, friends, and to all my fans.”Despite being 36 at the time of his signing, Yap is still considered as one of the more lethal shooting guards in the league.Last season, Yap averaged 10.3 points on 39% field goal shooting and 36.3% from deep along with 2.6 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

GTC designs 4-week programme for retrenched sugar workers

first_imgThe Guyana Sugar Corporation Training Centre (GTC) has developed a 120-hour training programme for retrenched sugar workers.At a recent meeting with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, School Programme Coordinator Zamin Ally said the programme would be split between the New Amsterdam Technical Institute, GTC and the Upper Corentyne Training Centre.The meeting forms part of a needs assessment evaluation to determine how the GTC can train local content for the oil and gas industry.The technical training programme is part of GuySuCo’s Alternative Livelihood Programme for the more than 4000 sugar workers who have been retrenched in the downsizing of the sugar industry.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman engages persons present at the GTC function“I know the Communications Officer at GuySuCo, she is actually working to engage the community and to see how much persons will be interested. What we are doing here is preparing ourselves to accommodate them,” Ally explained.The GTC, which is located in Port Mourant, Berbice, will be providing courses on mechanics, refrigeration, agriculture mechanics, motor vehicles, welding and fabrication, and electrical installation.Minister Trotman indicated the Ministry’s willingness to sponsor some of the workers who would be part of the programme.Preserving GTC’s apprenticeship programmeThe GTC is considered the first technical training school in Guyana. It has been around for some 62 years, training staff for GuySuCo.The institute provides a four-year apprenticeship programme for persons who will eventually be hired to work on GuySuCo’s estates in fields such as industrial electrical insulation, instrumentation, automation, agriculture mechanics and welding and fabrication.With the downsizing of the sugar industry, the school will not have any students in June, leaving much staff uncertain of the school’s future. Currently, there are 65 apprentices being trained by the GTC.“We found that the three estates remaining in sugar, they would have already had their quota of apprentices based on their stats and projected target,” Ally pointed out. He said the institution has devised several proposals to ensure that the programme was sustained and has presented them to GuySuCo’s Director of Human Resources, Earl John.The proposals intended to secure attendance for the institution and ensure that instructors and other staff remain employed will include training persons from the hinterland regions.This suggestion seeks to address a need for trainers to work at technical institutions that the Government plans to establish in hinterland communities, Ally indicated. The GTC has dormitory facilities that can accommodate approximately 120 persons.According to Ally, the training centre also proposed to offer its services to Private Sector companies and even to have its highly-qualified instructors provide “redressal programmes for current staff whose work needs updating”.The GTC is awaiting a decision from GuySuCo’s Board. The proposals, which have since been ratified, are awaiting a decision from the GuySuCo Board at its next meeting.The institution has also been in talks with the University of Guyana to see how it can be sustained through collaboration.Meanwhile, Minister Trotman gave assurances that the Government would like to see the apprenticeship programme maintained at the school.“Government wouldn’t wish everything to come to one school, but I certainly believe this school has a special place in the history of technical education in Guyana and has to be preserved,” Minister Trotman said.The apprenticeship programme remains the core of the GTC’s operations despite it having diversified to offer evening classes through the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).last_img read more

Football celebrates Weah’s Liberia poll victory

first_img“Thanks Didier for your support, we are both concerned and aware of the destiny of our peoples. Let’s follow the same path,” replied Weah.Drogba’s compatriot, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wrote: “Congratulations president Weah!!”Marseille’s former Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia applauded Weah on his “superb career”.“First African Ballon d’Or in 1995, first retired player to be elected president of the Republic. Respect!”Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message. Photo/COURTESYWeah, idolised in Liberia as “Mister George”, will be sworn in on January 22 after winning Thursday’s run-off against vice President Joseph Boakai.His election success was noted with pride by former clubs Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.Weah played at Monaco from 1988 to 1992 and the French Ligue 1 side noted in a statement: “The entire club congratulates George Weah on his election to the presidency of Liberia and presents him with all its best wishes for success as the head of his country!”From Monaco Weah moved to PSG where he picked up two Cup titles in 1993 and 1995, a league title in 1994 as well as sparkling in Europe.“We knew George Weah well before he became elected president of Liberia. Congratulations to the legend of PSG and world football on this new chapter in his brilliant career,” PSG wrote in English on Twitter.AC Milan offered their congratulations “to the Red and Black legend” who starred for the club over four seasons, picking up two Seria A titles in 1996 and 1999. Photo/COURTESYAC Milan offered their congratulations “to the Red and Black legend” who starred for the club over four seasons, picking up two Seria A titles in 1996 and 1999.Despite numerous examples of the game’s former stars entering politics Weah is the first former player to succeed in being elected head of his country.Others have launched political careers, most recently AC Milan’s star Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze who was elected mayor of Georgia capital Tbilisi after serving as the Georgian government’s Energy Minister.In Brazil ex star striker Romario has served as a senator since 2015.But until Weah being elected head of state was confined to powerful club directors like ex AC Milan boss Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, or the current Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, a former Boca Juniors president.By winning this week’s election Weah has created another precedent just as he did back in 1995 when he became the first African to win the Ballon d’Or.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000George Weah after casting his ballot in the second round of presidential elections in Monrovia, Liberia, on Tuesday. Credit Seyllou/Agence France-PressePARIS, France, Dec 29 – Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba led plaudits on Friday from the world of football to George Weah after the only African to win the Ballon d’Or was elected President of Liberia.“Congratulations Mr. George” the Ivory Coast legend posted on Twitter.last_img read more

Has Premier League TV bubble burst?

first_img0Shares0000The price paid per Premier League game has dropped from £10.2 million to £9.3 million for the time being following the latest deal © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – The Premier League could be set for a pay cut after eye-watering back-to-back domestic TV deals but experts say the boom times are far from over for English football.Sky held on to its position as the main broadcaster of live matches, claiming four of the seven available packages for 2019-2022, with BT taking the other package sold so far at a total combined cost of £4.46 billion. With more games still up for grabs, the overall deal for the 200 matches on offer each season — up from the current 168 — could still surpass the £5.14 billion paid for 2016-2019 but the price per game has at the moment dropped from £10.2 million to £9.3 million.AFP Sport looks at the reason for the slowdown in the rampant inflation after successive 70 percent increases.‘Correction in the marketplace’Premier League chief Richard Scudamore could barely contain his glee when he announced the whopping increase in the value of the UK TV rights three years ago.It was a deal so good it caused consternation across Europe. La Liga president Javier Tebas warned the Premier League could become “the NBA of football”, having himself secured a deal for just 2.65 billion euros for domestic rights.However, that level of inflation was not expected to be matched this time around.“I think the abnormal deal, the one that took everyone by surprise, was the last one — a 70 per cent increase which was way more than I think anybody was expecting,” said former Premier League chief executive Rick Parry.“It’s a little correction in the marketplace.”Overseas rightsWhere the Premier League does expect to keep cashing in is overseas TV rights.In November a three-year deal from 2019 was reportedly agreed with China’s PPTV worth $700 million – 10 times the current contract for Chinese TV rights.US broadcaster NBC also reportedly paid $1 billion for the six seasons until 2021-22 in 2015.“On the international stage deals have already been done in the States, China, Brazil and Africa,” Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte’s Sports Business Group told AFP. “The significant growth in new markets suggests the appetite for the Premier League around the world hasn’t diluted.”In a conference call with investors last week, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said the league’s “global cumulative audience has increased nine per cent year-by-year, with particularly strong increases in Asia and North America”.‘Entente Cordiale’An agreement reached by Sky and BT in November to provide each other’s content to their customers for the first time also played a significant role in suppressing the value of rights, according to experts.“BT and Sky have entered an Entente Cordiale,” said football finance expert Kieran Maguire.“BT entered the sports market because Sky was hoovering up the broadband market. The deal in November to carry each other’s services is a sign of hostilities between the two easing.”Sky’s share price rose three percent on Wednesday after boasting how the new deal sees them paying 16 percent less per game than the previous agreement for their 128 games.“It is excellent news for Sky,” according to Julian Aquilina of media analysts Enders. “Neither player was pushed to position themselves to bid for all the packages like the last time. They can still offer all the packages to their customers presuming no third party wins the other two packages.”Not yet Prime time for Amazon?A change to the number and structure of the packages offered had been part of the Premier League’s strategy to drive up prices by enticing tech giants such as Amazon and Facebook to bid for rights.That interest has so far failed to emerge, although Amazon could still feature in the auction for the final two packages.Tech companies’ ability to broadcast live sport “is still very much in its infancy,” according to Bridge, who points to the huge production and presentation costs on top of merely winning the rights.Piracy problemAnother factor suppressing the value of all sports rights is illegal online streaming.“Piracy was a very big concern,” said Aquilina. “Its shadow has loomed over football TV rights and other sports rights in recent years.“Because it is so expensive and so popular, people are pushed to find other ways of watching so piracy has definitely played its part in drumming down the price.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fergie to help decide Van Gaal’s Man United fate, club hold talks with Mourinho, Spurs revive Berahino chase – Paper review

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers, with Louis van Gaal’s future at Manchester United dominating the back pages…Sir Alex Ferguson is helping Manchester United chiefs to decide Van Gaal’s fate, with the legendary boss holding emergency talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and former chief executive David Gill at Old Trafford on Monday. (Daily Mirror)Jose Mourinho is willing to take a £16million pay cut to become Manchester United manager. (Daily Star)United held informal talks with Mourinho’s representatives last week to gauge whether the axed Chelsea boss would want to succeedunder-pressure Louis van Gaal. (The Times) Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola he will give him ANYTHING he wants in a bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge. (The Sun) Abramovich is planning to make Guardiola the world’s highest-paid manager and will also fund a massive overhaul of the Blues’ playing staff. (Daily Mail) Man United are ready to pay £51m for Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski. (Mundo Deportivo) 19-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic has agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool ahead of completing a £5m move from Red Star Belgrade. (Liverpool Echo) Manchester City scouts are interested in 19-year-old Partizan Belgrade winger Andrija Zivkovic. (Daily Mail) Tottenham will make another attempt to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino in the January transfer window, less than five months after a bitter war of words between two clubs over Spurs’ chase. (Daily Mail)Spurs will look to sign 30-year-old ex-Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, now at Valencia, if they fail to revive a deal for Berahino. (Daily Mail) Southampton have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in showing interest in 18-year-old Charlton forward Ademola Lookman. (Newshopper) QPR director of football Les Ferdinand admits that striker Charlie Austin, 26, might leave the club in January. (Evening Standard)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Louis van Gaal’s tactics are suffocating Manchester United’s star players, claims former Red Devils defender Danny HigginbothamManchester United must sack Louis van Gaal and make Ryan Giggs manager, ex-England ace Danny Murphy tells talkSPORTManchester United’s mood ‘not as low as during David Moyes’ reign’, claims Phil JonesExclusive – ‘Not good enough!’ Danny Murphy offers damning assessment of Liverpool’s current squadEverton and Liverpool both keen on wantaway Marseille goalkeeper Steve MandandaRed-hot Odion Ighalo will NOT leave Watford in January, insists manager FloresWest Ham boost! Dimitri Payet ‘could make early injury return’, reveals manager Slaven BilicBorussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rubbishes Arsenal and Chelsea transfer speculation 1last_img read more


first_imgHAPPY: NEIL LENNONFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: Neil Lennon was one hoopy man here in Glasgow tonight as Celtic completed the second leg match with Helsingborgs with a 2-0 victory – goals from Hooper and Wanyama in each half seeing the Hoops into the Champions League group stages.The atmosphere was electric at Parkhead with a wall of noise from the Celtic faithful, including, of course, a large contingent from Donegal.No wonder then that Lennon described the evening as the “best night” of his career/ “It’s not often I pat myself on the back but I’m going to,” he joked afterwards.“The pressure going into the game was huge; I’ve never experienced anything like it as a player.”The €20M windfall means that Celtic can now buy players after letting 16 members of the squad leave in the past two months.“We will bring in players,” he said, “we have a coupled lined up and hopefully we’ll get the medicals done before Friday.” After tonight’s match the Armagh man was bouncing around the pitch like a five year old – hugging each and every player, and shaking hands with anyone within ten feet of him.“I’ve been to hell and back these last six or seven week trying to get things right,” he said.“It’s a great night for me, for the club and for the players. It’s a minor miracle, the squad is so thin but we have a good core of players and I am very proud of them.”Looking ahead to the draw today (Thursday) Lennon added: “It’s a great privilege to manage this club and to manage in Champions League is beyond my wildest dreams.“It doesn’t matter who we get and I’ve no idea how we’ll do. “But we’ve got the infrastructure to be a Champions League club and the players have done their talking on the pitch.“They have worked so hard to get to this point.“It’s unfair on British sides to play these games so early [in the season] but we’ve overcome that.“The expectation level for this game was huge but for the group stage it’s not so big. “From from that point of view, the pressure is off and we can go on and develop the team against some of the best teams in the world.”The Hoops could get Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal in the draw in Monaco.“That would be great,” he said. “That gets the juices flowing, you know, the Battle of Britain.“I have some great recollections of Liverpool and Manchester United over the time and it always creates an extra bit of excitement.“If we can avoid Barcelona and Real Madrid, we might have half a chance. But it doesn’t matter.”The win here at Celtic Park turned out to be fairly straightforward against the Swedes.“We didn’t start they way I’d have liked,” Lennon said. “But nerves played a part; these games are so tense.“There is a fear factor and I lived with that. I am thinking of the ramifications if we don’t go through, what it would mean for me personally, how I would get through it and how I would get over it.“That was part of the build-up. Everyone had us in the Champions League but in the back of your mind there is always that worry, that fear.“We have overcome that and dealt with the two qualifiers very well.”Get the passportsTHE HOOPS REPORT: LENNY’S DELIGHT AS CELTS WIN €20M CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAME was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNY’S DELIGHT AS CELTS WIN €20M CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAMElast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council has this evening lifted its swimming ban at two of the county’s top beaches as dead fish were washed ashore.Red flags had been raised at both Murvagh beach and Rossnowlagh, but this has now changed.An algae bloom – caused naturally in wet weather in the summer – is toxic to marine life. There are reports that some people have been lifting dead fish from the beaches.The council has warned people NOT to eat fish from the area.The bloom is not toxic to humans – but swimming has been banned as a precaution.   DONEGAL BEACHES RE-OPENED AFTER FISH KILLED BY ALGAE BLOOM was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNCIL CLOSES TWO BEACHES AS FISH KILLED BY ALGAE BLOOMlast_img read more