Defining matches

first_imgArellano, San Beda eye Finals slots MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Frantic footraceBlackwater, at 2-5, is expected to make its final push for a playoff slot. Unlike those caught in the middle of the standings, the Elite do not have the luxury of playing for position.Instead, the hard-fighting crew of coach Leo Isaac are in a frantic footrace to stay out of the bottom four.Only the top eight teams after the end of the elimination round will make it to the playoffs and as it stands, Blackwater is outside that circle.While the Beermen are trying to salvage a top two spot, NLEX and Meralco clash in the second game at 7 p.m. looking for wins to stay in the running for playoff berths.With a 3-4 record, the Road Warriors still have a chance to salvage a place in the middle of the pack and get a fair chance in the quarterfinals by falling into a best-of-three series.Led by rookie Kiefer Ravena, the league’s No. 2 overall pick, the Road Warriors started the season on the wings of optimism validated lofty predictions by winning their first two matches.But NLEX fell into an inexplicable slump, dropping its next four games to fall out of the race for one of the top two berths. The Road Warriors got back in a big way by bringing down another struggling favorite in Barangay Ginebra but still need to collect wins to stay in the playoff hunt.Meralco, on the other hand, are at 2-5 and would need nothing less than a sweep of its last four games to entertain thoughts of making it past this round for the first time under multititled Norman Black.Struggling anew with a lack of a legitimate big man plus injuries to key players, Meralco has failed to build on the momentum of a run to the Finals in the recent Governors’ Cup. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The Elasto Painters are the only other team with an outside chance of a twice-to-beat bonus with a 4-3 record.Austria believes that eight wins would mean “an 85 percent chance” of nailing a quarterfinal bonus, but he said that they must get to eight wins or more—and must beat Alaska to get there—to avoid complications in the tiebreak, if ever.“It would be frustrating to fall into ties and losing there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “These games will practically decide whether we get it (a top two finish) and I will tell my players that we need to go all out (in these),” he said as the Beermen try to keep a solid grip of top spot with a win over Blackwater and make the Alaska game a virtual clash for one of two twice-to-beat privileges.San Miguel has four games left, with KIA Picanto coming after Alaska and then the one against Rain or Shine ending its elimination round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAustria has put a premium on a win-once bonus on his boys as they gun for an unprecedented fourth straight championship here. “If you have that advantage, you’re virtually assured of making the last four,” he said.The Beermen are in for a rough ride against Blackwater, for not only are the Elite going to fight for dear life, they also have the tools to play big and fast, just like what the Beermen have used to establish a dynasty in this conference. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Leo Austria was on his way to oversee San Miguel Beer’s practice on Thursday morning and told the Inquirer the same message he hopes to drill into the Beermen’s heads on the eve of a crucial PBA Philippine Cup clash with back-to-the-wall Blackwater.“This game is very important. Actually, our next two games will be very important,” Austria said over the phone, referring to their 4:30 p.m. clash with the Elite at Cuneta Astrodome on Friday and their tussle with red-hot Alaska on the road in eight days.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

BOXING: A Neglected Sport

first_imgOne of Liberia’s minor sports, boxing, is suffering from what a boxing fan told me, an Ebola virus.He said for boxing to survive, it might need a concerted effort to set things straight.“When was the last time you heard of a boxing bout in this country?” he said. “I bet you cannot find the date, eh?”A visit at the headquarters of the Liberia Boxing Association, right by the Sports Commission, on Broad Street yesterday afternoon did not reveal much for aspiring boxers to hope for.Two young kids were warming up in front of a mirror; a boxer was relaxing on a chair and a young woman was jumping rope, perhaps to put control her weight.“We don’t even have a ring to engage in boxing,” the boxer, said. “Boxing is just suffering if not already dead in Liberia.”Perhaps so, but what he did not know is that boxing is among the minor sports that has suffered from government and corporate support.“Over a year ago,” the boxer said, “we had a ring that we mounted at the Sports Commission for our activities.”That was in fact more than two years ago. Now there is no ring and despite the interest of few young people for the sport, there is nothing suggesting a future for the boxing.And yet, “We want to participate in the African Youth Championship in Botswana,” he said.He admitted to the Daily Observer that without intensive local training and bouts to test a boxer’s readiness for competition, it does not make much sense to send a team of Liberian ‘boxers’ to represent the country abroad.“It is not done that way,” he said, “but we don’t have a way out of it.” That hopeless admission was the struggle the late boxing legend, Baby Joe Boker, carried many years without success.“The best support for boxing has always come from the Liberia National Olympic Committee,” said a knowledgeable boxing fan. “Which were periodic seminars that were never complemented by the Liberia Boxing Association due to poor management.”The Daily Observer learned yesterday that interested boxers, ages from 15-18 are being trained at its gym, near the Sports Commission; it does not suggest that the sport will receive any revival in the near future.“Without a ring and other materials that make the sport attractive,” the boxer said, “let’s consider boxing is dead for now.”It is also sad that Liberian boxing does not have any heroes, and there is no record about those who succeeded in life through boxing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CSOs Want WASH Established

first_imgThe local Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocacy group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has called on the government to make good on its promise to establish a WASH commission.The United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency and Development said WASH is “very fragmented and needs a WASH commission that will oversee and coordinate a centralized sector.”In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, Timothy Kpeh, the Executive Director of the group, said a majority of the ministries and agencies have WASH programs.The Ministry of Finance allocated a budget to all of the WASH activities for all ministries and agencies, he disclosed, adding, “This funding, when provided by the Ministry, will enable many government offices to depend on each other to implement the WASH program. As a result not much is being done in the absence of the WASH Commission that is yet to be established.” Liberia joined countries around the world to celebrate Global Hand Washing Day. During the program, citizens across the country decided to remind the government to implement the WASH Compact, which was signed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to address good governance in the sector.He noted that while demanding the implementation of the document that will ensure sustainability, transparency and accountability by establishing a WASH Commission, the citizens should see the importance of the initiative because it promotes human rights.The WASH project, he said, is supporting the establishment of a national Water Supply and Sanitation Commission (WSSC) or the regulatory agency. The WSSC is the regulatory agency that should be responsible for regulation of tariffs, licenses, Public Private Partnerships, service standards and water laws compliance to ensure that water and sanitation services are provided in an efficient, fair and sustainable manner.There are currently only limited standards for governing the regulatory aspect of water and sanitation services in Liberia, with no licenses for the sector supply and no coordinated service standards by which to monitor and regulate service delivery.“Water laws need to be developed as there are competing users for water. This is especially important in a country that is evolving from conflict. Water that used to be accessed by simply digging or drilling a well anywhere needs to be accounted for and equitably distributed in order to mitigate conflict and to support development,” Mr. Kpeh urged.He asserted that the absence of a functioning regulatory agency has led to continued fragmentation of roles and responsibilities within the sector, and has stifled the development of a vibrant private sector in water and sanitation services.In January 2012 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the Liberia WASH Compact that was developed as a result of the Joint Mission held in Monrovia in April 2011, supported by the government and the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership.The program started in 2011, with support from the Basque Water Agency (URA), and the immediate priority for the sector was getting the Liberia WASH Compact developed.Since then, the program has focused on supporting sector coordination and the establishment of a national regulatory agency, the WSSC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPP Boosts Female Aspirants’ Dreams

first_imgWomen at the one-day Liberian Women National Political Forum (LWPF) held at a resort in SinkorBy David S. MenjorFollowing reports that all political parties vying in the October 10 polls are collecting thousands of US dollars from both female and male aspirants for primaries and fees at the National Elections Commission (NEC), the United People’s Party (UPP) has exempted female contestants by paying for their primaries.It may be recalled that some partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) resigned and crossed over to other political parties on grounds that their party was charging them huge sums of money to contest and manipulate the primaries.Speaking yesterday at a one day Liberian Women National Political Forum (LWPF) held at a resort in Sinkor, Monrovia, the chairman of UPP, T. Q. Harris, said women’s participation in national leadership is a priority at his political institution.“We are not receiving many female aspirants because of our commitment to pay for their participation in our primaries or help them settle all financial obligations with the NEC. This is what we need to encourage as a nation and work hard to let them feel the significance of being among us,” Mr. Harris said.He noted that women who will succeed to run on the UPP ticket would be qualified for such an honor and privilege, and have made proven and meaningful contributions at the level of their communities and districts.“Our country needs a transformed leadership and we have noticed that women in their good number will help in the crafting and implementation of developmental agendas when elected to the House,” he pointed out.Mr. Harris said his party is passionate about helping women succeed in their endeavors to lead.Although he did not say how much his party is paying for each female candidate, he said the UPP has made helping women an integral part of its political journey and will not allow to be held responsible for the failure of any competent and qualified lady not participating in the political affairs of the country. He expressed disappointment in parties that are marginalizing women and called on them to know that male dominance has been in existence for centuries, with very little success.Harris said presently his party has completed payments for both the primaries and the NEC for 16 female aspirants and is still looking forward to helping more women across the country.For his part, the chairman of the Coalition for Liberia’s Progress, Mr. Gabriel B. Saydee, said while it is true that women need help, they must also learn to be patient with their parties and work hard to merit consideration by delegates at primaries.He called on political parties giving women immense support to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) demanding that they not leave the parties after winning elections.“We saw it around here with Mrs. Geraldine Doe Sheriff who won the Montserrado Senatorial seat on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change in 2014 but later left the party for her own best-known reason,” he said.Nine political parties, including CDC, LP, CLP, UP, UPP, among others, participated in the one-day political forum and agreed to support their female aspirants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commerce, UNDP Launch SBA BOSS Center

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cut the ribbon to the facility in the Ministry of Commerce building.By David A. Yates and Hannah N. GeterminahA new business incubator center, Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Opportunities through Support Services (BOSS), which aims at improving livelihoods of many Liberians and increase the viability of their businesses, has been launched in Monrovia.BOSS is a UNDP supported project in partnership with the Ministries of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and Internal Affairs (MIA) that was established to enhance decentralization and support of micro and small and medium enterprises policy implementation through the establishment of Business Support Service Centers at the county level, which will strengthen capacities of youth, women, and agri-producing enterprises.BOSS was dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday and will work to strengthen many beneficiary groups including small agricultural producers and support MSME development through the provision of financial and non-financial services.Pa Lamin Beyai, UNDP Country Director, commended the MoCI staff for their efforts in leading the sustainable growth of MSMEs, and for the partnerships with the MIA to enhance decentralized service through county service centers.“The launching of the new center clearly demonstrates the unity of purpose, cross-sector collaborations, and complementaries.“We look forward to further enhancing the partnership by collectively investing in expanding the BOSS centers as a sustainable inclusive growth towards Liberia’s strive to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs),” said Beyai.Dr. Beyai noted that “BOSS” will provide an opportunity for beneficiaries to become their own bosses by empowering them with skills and knowledge to conceive businesses ideas, develop business plans, and use them to grow and manage their own businesses.He further revealed that the center seeks support for MSMEs by providing opportunities for start-up entrepreneurs to thrive through the provision of business support infrastructure at the county level.Dr. Beyai said: “It is anchored on the county service centers, the primary channel for decentralized service delivery of MIA, and coordinated through the Small Business Administration Bureau of the MoCI.“Through this partnership, four centers are already operational in Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, and Nimba counties offering a range of non-financial services to local entrepreneurs, promoting business linkages, and building capacity for business incubation.”According to him, the centers are also used to instill business expertise and related services targeting primarily the youth, women and small agricultural producers.Even at the initial stage, Dr. Beyai said the project shows a great potential to create an enabling environment for MSMEs to grow and develop, and in the process, help stimulate the much-needed local economic empowerment that will put money in the pockets of citizens.“The BOSS center being launched today will not only provide the central coordination point for the network of BOSS but will also enhance outreach and customer service and champion service delivery to the MSMEs. It will also serve as a nerve center for customer service, providing a range of capacity building services to the MoCI staff, including the design of training modules for MSMEs,” Beyai said.Minister of Commerce and Industry Alex M. Addy lauded the UNDP for the gesture and promised that the center will be used to support the government’s MSME sector in the country. He said Liberia will not be built by what people say but by working together as SMEs to improve the economy.According to him, the vision of the center is to help SMEs to be well informed and learn the opportunities of the government procurement to help them go after contracts that will develop their businesses.Minister Addy disclosed that since the establishment of the Liberalization policy by the government, the ministry was able to give out US$ 43,000 in contract to the private sector to build the capacity of SMEs with approval from the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC).“We hope to see business people coming to network at the SME center as they grow to be committed to progress and build the foundation for others to stand on for the development of the private sector,” he said.In remarks, Madam Manu Kamara, Assistant Minister of Commerce & Industries for Small Business Administration (SBA), pledged the ministry’s commitment through the SBA to the successful implementation of the center.“The Business Opportunities through Support Services (BOSS) project is key to the implementation of the Small Business Empowerment Act and the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development at the Ministry of Commerce…and it supports three of the four pillars that we have for the development of SMEs in Liberia,” she said.The program was attended by partners and stakeholders in the MSME sector, including the president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Charles Ananaba, UNDP and Commerce staffers, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool news: £63m double signing, £90k a week done deal and more rumours

first_img Sterling deal nearly signed? – “Liverpool expect Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract this week. The deal will be in the region of £90,000-a-week.” reports the Mail’s Rob Shepherd. Liverpool fans will pray he is right! £20m man making his comeback as Reds ‘step up interest’? Read about it below, then click to see a deal for a Liverpool star that is close to being sealed… – “Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham are preparing to step up their interest in Jay Rodriguez,” according to ESPN. The 25-year-old damaged his cruciate ligaments last April while playing for Southampton against Man City, but is aiming to return for the Saints’ under-21 side in February. Surely the reportedly ‘interested’ clubs concerned will wait to see how he recovers from the injury, though. The Reds are reportedly considering a £38m move for Karim Benzema – read all about it, below, then click the arrow above, right, to see the latest on Liverpool’s interest in another top goal scorer… – According to the Metro, “Brendan Rodgers is said to be adding the final touches to a £38m offer he hopes can bring Karim Benzema to Liverpool.” And this, they report, is a move that could happen in January. There is little doubt that the addition of a player like Benzema would give Liverpool the fire power to finish off their brilliant build up play, and the Frenchman could be the difference in the race for the top four and trophies. Whether Liverpool could tempt him to leave Real Madrid, is another matter altogether. 4 For all the latest Liverpool transfer news check out talksport.com/liverpool/transfersAnd to keep across all the latest January 2015 transfer window news, views, rumours and more, check out our live transfer window blog every day between now and the end of transfer deadline day.Who would you like to see Liverpool sign this January?Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below… £25m ‘secret talks’ for striker who’s out-scoring Ibrahimovic – get the latest, below, then click the arrow above for news of a surprise swoop in the offing… – “Liverpool could soon unleash a new forward pairing of Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette if Brendan Rodgers has his way,” according to the Metro. The Lyon striker has scored 21 goals in 22 Ligue 1 games to help Lyon top the division ahead of big-spending PSG, and the Express reckon that “secret talks with Liverpool are underway over a £25million transfer, although Arsenal are also in the race”. 4 4 4last_img read more

REVEALED: Mesut Ozil on why he joined Arsenal from Real Madrid

first_img Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal because he knew they would play attractive football.The 26-year-old moved to the Emirates in the summer of 2013, arriving from Real Madrid for £42.5m.And the German, who was also being eyed by Paris Saint-Germain, has now revealed just why he elected to link up with Arsene Wenger’s side after spending three years in Spain.“Before I joined, I knew that Arsenal were always a technically-strong team,” said Ozil.“That’s also why I decided to join this club, because I know exactly what the manager wants from the team.“Our game centres around playing good, technical football and that’s good. It’s thanks to the manager because he’s worked on that for years and has formulated a technically-gifted team that can dominate any opposition.“That’s why we’re really pleased to have a manager like him.” 1last_img read more

Slaying suspect arrested

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A reputed gang member from Lancaster wanted in the slaying of another man in Lancaster has been arrested in Philadelphia, the FBI said. Dwayne Ernest Harris, 24, was arrested early Friday after Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives obtained information that he was hiding in Philadelphia and obtained a warrant. “We took their information and made the arrest,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Harris and 26-year-old Lancaster resident Kyle McCombs, both ex-convicts with convictions for violent crimes, are accused of murdering Eddie Ray Wheston, 22, last January. Wheston was shot to death in the kitchen of the home he shared with his mother in the 800 block of West Avenue H-14. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The shooting occurred after Wheston, Harris and McCombs, all three believed to be gang members, argued at Wheston’s home, deputies said. At some point, the three walked into the kitchen where investigators believe McCombs and Harris began shooting at Wheston. The two assailants fled through a rear kitchen door and sped off in a silver SUV that was later found in San Bernardino County. Wheston’s mother called 911. Six days after Wheston’s death, McCombs was arrested in Pasadena on suspicion of burglary and possession of a handgun in an unrelated case, officials said. The murder charge was later filed against him. Harris was on parole from prison when Wheston was killed, detectives said. Harris was being held without bail in Philadelphia, pending his extradition to Los Angeles. last_img read more

What does Terrell Owens think of Garoppolo, Mariucci and 40 times?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Terrell Owens remains as game as ever when it comes to discussing quarterbacks.You might recall from his Pro Football Hall of Fame career how he chastised Jeff Garcia, called out Donovan McNabb and defended Tony Romo (cue tears: “That’s my quarterback”).So, what is Owens’ take of current 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo? He thinks the 49ers are on to something good.“No. 1, it starts with the quarterback,” Owens said on a Wednesday media conference call announcing his 49ers …last_img

Use care with turkey prep for Thanksgiving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest That scrumptious turkey could be more than you bargained for if you aren’t careful, cautioned Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment and State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey.November trends as a main month for cooking fires, according to Ohio’s Division of State Fire Marshal, and associated burns and property damage could spoil your Thanksgiving festivities.“There are many distractions when cooking a Thanksgiving meal,” Froment said. “As basic as it sounds, staying focused and understanding how to safely prepare your meal can decrease the risk of injury, property damage and filing an insurance claim.”One of the biggest culprits is deep-fried turkey cooking.“Every year we see folks who have their Thanksgiving ruined because of a turkey fryer accident,” Hussey said. “And more than that, there were over 200 cooking related fires last November in Ohio. Our hope, as always, is that those numbers go down.”There are steps Ohioans can take to stay safe and avoid an insurance claim:Do not leave any cooking area unattended.Keep deep-fried turkey cooking out of the garage, away from your home and wooden structures, including the deck.Have an appropriate fire extinguisher handy.If the situation becomes more serious, evacuate and call 911.If you have to file a claim, take photographs of the damage and immediately contact your insurance agent and/or company. Provide complete and accurate information when submitting a claim to avoid delay.You can call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 with insurance questions and visit www.insurance.ohio.gov for information.last_img read more